Per The Athletic’s James Fegan, the White Sox have selected the contract of outfielder Adam Haseley. In addition, infielder Hanser Alberto has been placed on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to Saturday) with a left quad strain. Infielder Nick Solak was designated for assignment to make room for Haseley on the 40-man roster.
Haseley, who celebrated his 27th birthday earlier this week, was taken 8th overall in the 2017 draft by the Phillies, but has failed to live up to that promise he showed as a prospect to this point in his career. In 355 plate appearances with Philadelphia, Haseley slashed just .264/.322/.373 before being traded to the White Sox ahead of the 2022 season. The outfielder only made it into 14 games with his new club in 2022, posting a 73 wRC+ in those games prior to being outrighted by Chicago during the offseason. With Alberto headed to the injured list, Haseley will now get another chance in the big leagues, where he will likely be the fourth outfielder on the roster, backing up Andrew Benintendi, Luis Robert Jr., and Oscar Colas.
Haseley will take the roster spot of Alberto, who is headed to the injured list without a timetable for his return. A veteran now playing in his 8th MLB season, Alberto has ever hit much in his career, posting a .271/.293/.380 line across 1406 plate appearances while only cracking 90 wRC+ once in his career, in 2019 with the Orioles. Still, the 30 year old remains a useful bench piece by virtue of his career strikeout rate of just 12.2% and his positional versatility; Alberto has played all four infield spots and the outfield corners in his career. With Alberto on the shelf, that should make more playing time available to fellow bench infielder Romy Gonzalez.
As for Solak, the utilityman spent the past four seasons as a member of the Rangers, slashing .252/.327/.372 (93 wRC+) in 974 plate appearances while playing primarily second base, though he’s also seen time at third base, left field, and even center field during his career. Solak was shipped from Texas to Cincinnati at the beginning of last offseason, and since then has bounced to the Mariners and the White Sox. Now, he figures to look to catch on with his fifth club in the past six months. That should be an attainable goal, considering the attractiveness of optionable infield depth.
Dumpster Divin Theo
Nick Solak done dirty once again! Passed around like reefer at a partay. Pass the dutchie on the left hand side,
Surely a Hasely shade of winter for Solak.
Dumpster Divin Theo
See what you did so artfully there artrow
Divin’s comment lamer than a Rick Hahn rebuild.
Haseley, Alberto and Solak. None of these guys should sniff a roster designed to compete.
I just saw Nick last week at Costco on Ashland . We were getting free food samples and he walked up behind me. I was getting a piece of quiche and noticed that there was only one piece left. He related that he was in a rush and asked if he could sample the last one before heading to the register . He knew I was a Sox fan as I was wearing my Mike Caruso jersey. So being the nice guy that I am I said of course. We exchanged phone numbers and he told me that he was leaving some tickets to the next home game . What an outstanding move !
I must say, really enjoy, and get a good laugh from, your posts @pharmorlover… Please keep them coming. It’s the only thing that makes me laugh, related to the Sox these days.
Former Phillies 1st round pick Adam Haseley…..Last time they hit on an OF was Michael Bourn and that was in the early 2000’s. That’s a ton of failed selections.
Hope he fills out as a 4th OF type.
Pat Burrell didn’t help them and the Giants win championships or anything. Nope.
Drafted as a 3b out of Miami, tried him there in the minors as well as 1b and OF, played 1b his rookie year, then moved to OF.. Was a Burrell fan, no need for shade.
Point was they have not drafted and developed an OF since Bourn and they traded him away early….It has just been a barren position drafting in their history.