The White Sox have some free space on the 40-man roster after they didnt offer contracts to three players on Friday.
Starting pitcher Philip Humber, who pitched a perfect game in Seattle on April 21, was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros while the team didnt tender contract offers to first baseman Dan Johnson or pitcher Anthony Carter. The moves leave the White Sox with 37 players on their 40-man roster.
Humber went 5-5 with a 6.44 ERA in 26 games for the White Sox last season, including 10 relief appearances. He was removed from the starting rotation in early August and only appeared in two games after Aug. 31.
Had the White Sox offered Humber a contract, it's believed he would have received at least 1 million in salary if he reached arbitration. That salary, along with an abundance of starting pitchers on-hand, made the White Sox decision to part with Humber easier.
Johnson, who blasted 28 homers at Triple-A Charlotte, also was expected to receive a bump in salary to 1 million or above if the White Sox offered him a new deal. The first baseman was promoted to the majors on Sept. 1 but only accumulated 22 at-bats behind Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko.
Carter went 4-6 with a 4.60 ERA and two saves in 39 games at Charlotte last season. He has a 4.70 ERA and 32 saves in seven minor-league seasons with the White Sox.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.