May 6: The White Sox have requested unconditional release waivers on Diekman following his DFA earlier in the week, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun Times relays.
May 2: The White Sox announced a massive series of roster moves today, including reinstating infielders Tim Anderson and Hanser Alberto from the injured list. Additionally, they selected the contracts of right-hander Alex Colomé, left-hander Sammy Peralta and outfielder Billy Hamilton, the latter move having already been reported earlier today. To make room for all of those players, righty Joe Kelly was placed on the paternity list, infielder/outfielder Romy González was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation, outfielder Óscar Colás and infielder Lenyn Sosa were optioned to Triple-A while lefty Jake Diekman and righty Franklin German were designated for assignment. One spot on the 40-man roster was already open after A.J. Alexy was outrighted last week.
The White Sox have been off to a terrible start this year, going 8-21 as multiple key players have dealt with injuries. It was reported on the weekend that Anderson and Alberto would be coming back today, so those moves aren’t surprising. But it seems the club has decided to use their returns to springboard an incredible roster shakeup, with 11 players involved in today’s shuffling as they try to alter their trajectory.
Diekman, 36, has a lengthy track record of effectiveness in the big leagues but has fallen on hard times in recent years. At the end of 2021, he had a 3.73 ERA through 529 career appearances. His 12.7% walk rate was definitely on the high side but he also struck out 29% of batters faced and got grounders on 47.9% of balls in play. His ERA was a bit high at 4.23 with the Red Sox at the deadline last year when they flipped him to the Pale Hose for Reese McGuire, a player to be named later and cash. Unfortunately, he posted a 6.52 ERA with the Sox the rest of the way and has a 7.94 mark so far this year. He’s walked an incredible 22.4% of batters faced this season, exacerbating a longstanding issue and getting himself bumped off the roster.
The Sox will now have a week to trade Diekman or pass him through waivers but the interest around the league is unlikely to be widespread. Left-handed relief is always in demand but Diekman is making $3.5MM this year and has a $1MM buyout on a $4MM club option for 2024. Given his recent struggles, no team will want to take on that money, meaning he will likely pass through waivers unclaimed. Once he does so, he has more than enough service time to reject an outright assignment and elect free agency.
Also designated for assignment is German, 25, who made his major league debut with the Red Sox last year but changed the color of his Sox via a February trade. Though he got five appearances in the big leagues last season, he spent most of the year in Triple-A, posting a 2.58 ERA with a 30.5% strikeout rate and 10.6% walk rate. Unfortunately, everything has gone in the wrong direction since the deal. He has an ERA of 7.15 in Triple-A so far this season, with his strikeout rate having dipped to 26.7% and his walks up to 15%.
One of those roster spots will go to Colomé, 34, who has a long résumé of work in the big leagues, including a previous stint with the White Sox. He has a 3.34 ERA over his career but has seen his results slip in the past couple of seasons. He had a tiny 0.81 ERA in the small sample of the shortened 2020 season but saw that jump to 4.15 and 5.74 in the subsequent campaigns. He signed a minor league deal with the Nationals this winter but didn’t make the club out of camp and opted out, jumping to the White Sox on another minors deal. He has a 2.25 ERA through his first 10 appearances in Triple-A this year, but with some good luck seemingly helping him out. He’s stranded 84.9% of baserunners despite an 18.9% strikeout rate and 10.8% walk rate.
Also joining the club’s bullpen will be Peralta, which will be a bit of an early birthday present for him, as he turns 25 next week. An 18th round selection in the 2019 draft, he has climbed the minor league ladder in the years since. He split last year between Double-A and Triple-A with a combined 3.77 ERA in 62 innings, striking out 29.2% of batters faced while walking 8.5%. He has a 3.52 ERA so far this year through 15 1/3 Triple-A innings.
In addition to all that 40-man roster shuffling, the club also optioned Colás. He will still be on the 40-man but it’s notable that he’s seemingly been pushed out of the club’s plans for the time being. He had no major league experience coming into this year but was a bit older and more experienced than a typical prospect since he had already played in the Cuban National Series and Japan’s Nippon Professional Baseball.
He was given the club’s everyday right field job this year but has hit just .211/.265/.276 through 25 games for a wRC+ of 51. He was just added to the club’s roster in March and has a full slate of options, which the club will now use to get him some more seasoning in the minors. He hit an incredible .314/.371/.524 in the minors last year, going from High-A to Double-A to Triple-A, but only seven of his 117 games were at the highest level. He’ll now head back to Charlotte to work his way back to the majors. This could have ramifications for his service time, since he was previously on pace to get a full year in 2023 but now will end up shy of that once he spends 20 days in the minors, which would push back his free agency and perhaps his arbitration as well.
Andrew Benintendi and Luis Robert Jr. would normally be in left and center field, respectively, but the latter has been dealing with a minor injury of late. With Colás now optioned out, right field could be shared by some mix of Eloy Jiménez, Gavin Sheets and Adam Haseley, with Hamilton perhaps entering the mix as well.
Oh man, this has truly become “hey, let’s try you five guys.”
I thought I heard last week, Reinsdorf bought the White Sox for about $20 Million or so. And . . . . the taxpayers (thanks to former Gov Big Jim Thompson), basically built and lease their stadium to Reinsdorf. Reinsdorf probably now has a franchise worth a couple Billion.
So you can understand why Reinsdorf has issues spending money on the team. Poor guy!
Oh, and Reinsdorf is know for being anti labor – per Wikipedia.
Most uber rich are because unions strive for fair pay, benefits, and working conditions and those are in direct opposition to maximizing profits.
Its May. Literally nobody is in the playoff picture yet. I dont know when this trend of people talking about how far out of wild card slots people are when there is literally 5 months of games left but its absolutely stupid.
Dogbone you are correct however has been shrewed in paying for talent. Sox still one of only 3 teams to not sign over a 100 mil deal. In a age when you are giving away money to injury prone players he still believes in paying for reliable performance. Free agency and collective bargaining agreements are counterproductive. Best to stay with early on extensions like TA than high risk multi year high priced contracts. Cubs found that out the hard way. Now they are following the Sox. Where is the 800 mil Heyward for the CUBS today.
800 mill? ? ?
Dogbone,Correction on Heyward deal typo should be $184 mil for 8 years. Still was a bad signing
So you want to get into to the stupid contract contest, because all the smaller extensions for the Sox have paid off. Look at the title of articles before this one.
And they lost the World Series in April.
Three days ago an article in MLBTR said the Sox would have to go 74-62 (5.44) to reach .500 for the season; and 82-51 (.617) to get to 90 wins. Considering the roster they have, including no decent back-ups and a bunch of garbage signings in the minors, I’d say the people who think the Sox won’t make the PO are pretty smart.
Avenger – The key is, “no decent backups”. So BEFORE they get fully healthy. They have to be fully healthy and go 82-51 to make the playoffs . Once again, we’re back to “if they stay healthy”
Apparently the current trend is to write about the failing White Sox
Fun fact, to break .500 the White Sox would have to go 70-59. Last season, AL Wild Card teams has to win at least 90. So 79-50. I’m other words, it’s safe to say the White Sox will NOT make the playoffs this year.
Not sure if this is part of Phase II or III, but it’s nice to see them sticking to their plan
What plan? Sign as many washed up players on the cheap and hope that someone who has been dfa’d twice in the same season will blossom into a productive major leaguer? Until Reinsdorf starts caring about his team, the only plan is to make sure investors make a profit. To hell with the fans who are already not showing up in droves to support this poor excuse of an organization.
If only Chitown311 was here to rebut these comments…
Funny how the dBag has suddenly vanished from these threads…
There’s a few more that need to go!
with tim back they probably are back in the playoff picture in a few weeks right?
You’ve been listening to Steve Stone way too long.
It’s only April. There are 6 AL teams that will make the playoffs. With a really good week, they would right back in the picture. There are 5 months to go and they are only 9 games out. Make up 2 games a month and you are ahead.
You say this on the heels of Billy Hamilton being called up.
With the increase in stolen bases this year, Billy Hamilton could be a very valuable commodity now. He just had the bad luck of starting at a time when steals were at their lowest point ever. If he came up in the 80s, he could have been Vince Coleman.
Remember when Vince Coleman got injured by the artificial turf tarp machine?
Didn’t he trip over the bullpen mound that was in foul grounds as well? I think that is one of the reasons why stadiums no longer have bullpens on the field.
Hamilton has a career obp of .292, you can’t steal first.
@hiflew_ there are some that still do.
Vince Coleman no, Donnell Nixon maybe
Except Vince Coleman got on base every once in awhile so he could steal.
Tampa is an example of a team that has their bullpens in foul territory down each line..
Vince was the kind of firecracker that sparked any lineup he was in. BOOM!
HEH HEH HEHEHE HEH!
But hiflew a more realistic view would be if Oakland won a series they’d be tied with the Sox. In back to back posts you inferred that 9 games out on May means nothing and then that Billy Hamilton could be valuable.
If he had any type of value one of 29 other teams would have had him playing regularly at any point the past six seasons.
Except he doesn’t have value playing regularly. All 30 teams know that. But to have him as a specialized pinch runner could give an extra base or two in the late innings when one run could make a big difference.
True, maybe, if:
– Moncada, Anderson, Jimenez, and Robert all stay healthy and actually play hard every day,
-Getz and his ‘vaunted’ pitching staff figure out how to adjust to what hitters are doing,
-Grifol is gone and replaced with someone who will challenge his club, not issue silly plaudits.
-All other teams in the division decide they really do not want to win the division.
I’m not saying it is likely to happen, but it is early and stranger things have happened before. There is a lot of talent on that Chicago team and Minnesota and Cleveland are good, but they are not so good that you see them as uncatchable. Cleveland just lost 2 of 3 at home to the Rockies. Minnesota just lost 2 of 3 at home to the Nationals. These are are not teams that won’t go cold from time to time.
Good to see Kelly made good use of his injured list time last season.
The season is saved. They finally figured out what was wrong with Kelly. He’s pregnant. Those Sox Doctors!
I love these stories that say “more to come”. Like what else can possibly be said?
Diekman was brutal so far this year. I thought he’d be better
How did Bloom ever get away with that? Diekman was awful with the RS. He started off as a bad signing by Bloom, and then got worse-far worse. He had a 7.0 BB9, with 19 walks in his final 23 innings for the RS. Does his 7.3 BB9 with the WS surprise anyone?
I just assumed we’d eat most of the contract and get a lottery ticket. To get McGuire and no salary was insane, imo.
Lefty reliever nada mas..
Fever Pitch Guy
Joe – Excellent comment, I couldn’t have said it any better myself!
demoting promising young players to give billy hamilton AB’s is why they’re a bad organization
Well as soon as the Twins leave town they’ll shuffle him and Colome back to AAA and promote everyone in the system from (*checks schedule*) the Reds. gotta respect The Plan.
D2323, starting a AA prospect in RF without a legitimate backup is why this is a bad organization.
Colas was horrible and needs to be in AAA, with Hamilton
Wood- They’ll just tell you they couldn’t afford one although this team has never sniffed the luxury tax ever. Reinsdorf says hey you show up and we’ll pay. Where most teams pay so you’ll show up. Then he’ll cry the Cubs get all the breaks. It’s really getting old and hard to hear. Reinsdorf has just as much money as Ricketts if not more.
…and the Cubs didn’t stick the taxpayers with the bill for their ballpark renovations.
There is nothing to be gained by Colas in AAA. He’s hit in the minors and in Cuba and Japan which is comparable to AA-AAA level. He needs to see and get MLB ABs to ever improve. If the team is going to be this bad they need to let young guys work it out in the show, not give up on them over 80 ABs for Billy fing Hamilton.
There’s absolutely nothing to be gained by having Kenny Williams as your team president but they still do that. Bad decision after bad decision. He has Baseball’s definition of Tenure I guess. Job for life.
He wasn’t in the NPB. Colas was in the NPB minor leagues. That is not equivalent to MLB minors. He either needs more development, or he’s overmatched. He can’t play RF. He grades out as one of the worst in baseball. Sheets is also terrible, but at least he can hit.
High school players that are drafted play in the minors for 4-6 years. Doesn’t mean they’re ready for MLB.
Cuban baseball isn’t even equivalent to the Dominican Summer League
I’ll also add, Colas was advertised as a plus defender. He makes Eloy like Sheets. How did the Sox not know this? You either know how to play outfield at 25 or you don’t. You don’t develop instincts and athleticism at Colas’ age.
His average exit velocity is 32nd out of 34 RF. His ground ball rate is 60%. Those are horrendous numbers. Which leads me to believe he crushed AA pitching because he was 25 hitting against 22-23-year old pitchers.
People saying this guy is a stud haven’t been paying attention.
It’s just re-arranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.
Looks like a fire sale is right around the corner. Get all their minor league guys some experience before they start selling everyone.
So, the Land if Misfit Toys is real.
Just ran into Jake at the dollar store on 31st And Ashland . He was buying a ton of pens. Said he plans on making tons of money at card shows at the end of the year . I knew I was a Soxs fan as I was wearing my Thad Bosley jersey .
Boy, Pharm, you sure get around. Don’t you live next door to a Sox pitcher?
He’s just high on all the drugs he stashed from working at Pharmor many years ago, but it’s made him very creative.
He’s got a Wesley Willis groove going on.
I had to double check the numbers, but Billy Hamilton was hitting .188 in AAA. Last year at the MLB level he hit . . . wait for it . . . .050!
Is this a case of Hamilton being a “proven major leaguer” or is the White Sox’ minor league system that bare?
*Rick Hahn presses the red button and yells, abort abort, mayday mayday, ship going down*
Hamilton needs Joe Frank and Reynolds.
Seems like rearranging the deck chairs on the titanic…
Fred K. Burke
Don’t stop now boy’s. Let’s win 12 on a row!
I only wish Hawk was doin the games this year. The silence would be deafening.
You gotta be bleepin me!!
That’s a can of corn for any other team, but somehow they dropped it. You can put another run on the boooooaaaard for the bad guys.
I had an ancestor who re-arranged deck chairs on the Titantic one time, let’s just say it didn’t go well.
We are a couple moves short. Where is the new GM, President?
Dick Allen's Batting Helmet
Maybe Adam Eaton is available…..that gamey LH veteran that Jerry signed a few winters ago for 8 mil in free agency when Joc Pederson and Kyle Shwarber were available for the same amount or less. And what’s Leury Garcia doing……lounging drinking cocktails on the $14 mil Jerry signed him for.
As long as you have four guys who really do not care about playing in Anderson, Moncada, Robert, and Jimenez and a manager that refuses to challenge his team, it will not matter what the Sox do. Never mind the huge deficit they have now (13 games under .500) that you have to really spend a lot of energy to dig your way out and by the time you get to .500 you falter.. I have seen too many Sox clubs that battle from a large sub .500 record, getting to the .500 mark and then only to lose a bunch of games again. This team strikes me as one of those. If the Sox are smart, they find a manager with some ‘chutzpah’ and jettison a couple of the ‘cant miss’ kids for whatever (and no I do not expect this org’s scouting staff to make good trades either).. Maybe that wakes up this team, maybe not.
Trading Reese McGuire was really stupid.
A couple of years ago when the ChiSox rolled into Anaheim to open the season. They were beast to be reckon with. WTF happen?
This… (Points for emphatic emphasis), THIS is the move you’ve been waiting for!