White Sox Add Another Weapon
Thought the off-season was over? Not so fast. The Chicago White Sox agreed to terms with 29-year-old outfielder, Austin Jackson. Jackson settled for a one year, five million dollar contract late Sunday afternoon.
John Heyman , who broke the news of the signing, also tweeted that Jackson had better offers on the table. It was Jackson’s familiarity with the city and center field that pushed the White Sox’s opportunity above the rest. Center-field is Jackson’s preferred position and where Chicago will, most likely, end up playing him.
The move may not come to as a surprise to some. The team had been openly shopping the market for outfield help, most notably kicking the tires on veterans Dexter Fowler and Alex Gordon.
There’s no denying that Austin’s best years are behind him, with 2012 being the benchmark, when he posted .300/.377/.479 through 137 games for the Detroit Tigers. However, if he can stay healthy, he will be a much-needed addition in their outfield.
The acquisition also gives the White Sox a lot more options when it comes to their lineup. Their current center fielder, Adam Eaton, has spent much of his spring at the DH spot. It’s quite possible this could be a long-term solution for Eaton, as he recovers from off-season shoulder surgery. Jackson also enables the White Sox to either move on from current left fielder, Avisail Garcia, or delegate him to platoon duty.
Sox Win, Ramirez Faces Old Team
It doesn’t count but it’s always nice to get one in the win column. The White Sox spring squad did just that Sunday afternoon, riding Carlos Rodon’s three scoreless innings to an 8-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. The left-hander gave up one hit and one walk while striking out two. First basemen Jose Abreu had two hits on the afternoon. One of which was a homerun, his first of the spring.
Former White Sox shortstop, Alexei Ramirez, got his first chance at facing his former team. The eight-year vet finished the day going 1-for-2 in the batter’s box. The Sox decided to decline Ramirez’s team option for 2016 which would have guaranteed him $10 million. Instead, he received a buyout and signed a one-year deal with the Padres.
Although it wasn’t exactly the fairy tale ending Ramirez would have hoped for, he still has fond memories of his time in Chicago.
“There are too many memories to count. There are too many memories to mention. If I had to pick one, it wouldn’t do it justice.”