The White Sox announced that they have claimed right-hander A.J. Alexy off waivers from the Twins. He had been designated for assignment by Minnesota last week when that club acquired Michael A. Taylor from the Royals.
Alexy, 25 in April, was with the Rangers for the past few years, coming from the Dodgers in the 2017 Yu Darvish trade, but has been moving around quite a bit on the waiver wire this winter. Texas designated him for assignment in December and he went to the Nationals on a waiver claim. The Nats also designated him for assignment a few weeks later and dealt him to the Twins for pitching prospect Cristian Jimenez. The Twins improved their pitching depth by acquiring Pablo López from the Marlins and seemingly felt less need to hang onto Alexy, sending him into DFA limbo last week.
The righty is likely continuing to attract clubs for a few reasons. For one thing, he still has an option year and can be kept in the minors. Starting pitching depth is a perpetual concern around the league and Alexy can be useful in that regard. He also had a really strong showing in 2021, posting a 1.66 ERA in the minors over 65 innings, striking out 29.8% of batters faced. He did walk 10.6% of opponents but still impressed enough to make his major league debut, putting up a 4.70 ERA in 23 innings there.
2022 was a rough year for Alexy, as his four MLB appearances resulted in an ERA of 11.57. He spent most of the year in Triple-A but posted a 5.91 ERA down there. However, he’s still quite young and, as mentioned, still has an option year. He also has just 55 days of MLB service time, meaning he can still be affordably retained for the foreseeable future.
For the White Sox, they will likely have Dylan Cease, Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn and Michael Kopech taking up four spots in their rotation, but there’s uncertainty around who will be joining them. Mike Clevinger was signed to a one-year deal to fill out the squad but it was recently reported that he’s under investigation for domestic violence allegations. It’s unclear when that investigation will be completed, but it’s possible that Clevinger will be suspended at some point or perhaps placed on administrative leave while the investigation progresses. The club’s options on the 40-man roster to help out include Davis Martin, Jonathan Stiever and Jason Bilous, with Alexy now added into the mix. That latter group will presumably be competing in spring for either an immediate job in the rotation or one down the line as injuries inevitably pop up through the season.
My goodness, Yankees need to do humanity a favor and trade for this guy – just so he has to shave that thing!
I actually hate that policy that Steinbrenner instituted. I find it really dumb, but whatever I don’t go for the Yankees.
friendly illinois brethren
Leave Ronald McDonald’s son alone!
deGrom Texas Ranger
This reminds me of Adam Rosales. Texas and Oakland kept designating him and then claiming him. It was hilarious.
Meet the new baddest man on the South Side of town.
Typical of the Sox this off season
They’ve been picking up minor leaguers and minor leaguers. Now they sign a player who’s been dfa’d twice, including once by the Nats, the worst team in baseball last season. I’m convinced now that the Sox are again rebuilding six years after the start of their last rebuild. Thanks, Jerry.
This one belongs to the Reds
He’s going to be one of those guys who has a closet full of different uniforms.
He’s got command issues from a quick look at his stats. He’s young, maybe the White Sox can unlock him?
Guys he’s from Honeybrook, PA. He’s not that far from Amish country, so that explains the beard. He grew up about 20 mins from me.
So he’s only 20 minutes outside reality
Is that 20 minutes by horse or buggy?
friendly illinois brethren
Caught a Pirates game during his Rumspringa and never looked back.
Perfect so we can hear Hawk scream “alexxxxxay!”
Hawk’s been retired for a few years now. They have Jason Benetti on the play by play. Ask Dogbone, he loves him.
I enjoy both Jason and Steve, and Hawk was fun to hear how he’d fanboy over calls that he didn’t like lol
Ah yes, Dogbone is definitely the “old man yelling at cloud” of MLBTR.
How’s your man Grandal doing these days, lol. What’s your thoughts, will he start more than 60 games behind the plate? You were a pretty staunch supporter of ‘Yas’.
Jason will soon do the play by play for “The Big Game”.
Every time I turn a game on TV, Jason is there. Multiple sports announcer.
With Jason’s weekend commitments to the national game and college football and basketball, and Stoney’s frequent week long vacations, the team is hardly together anymore. And to NBC Sports Chicago, please oh please do not use Gordon Beckham anymore!
Why? The guy is funny and knows actual facts of the game.
No, I agree with avenger. Gordon Beckham isn’t really that good. He is new to broadcasting, so I gave him some leeway, but he is not great at all.
Since we’re in the AL Central, anyone see that John Adams the Cleveland drummer passed away?
Bobby Hull, too!
The “Golden Jet”!
Some sort of weird moss is growing on his chin. I’m not lichen it.