INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Blake Tekotte had a difficult 2012 campaign but Rick Hahn likes the potential the young outfielder he acquired on Wednesday brings.
The White Sox sent right-handed pitcher Brandon Kloess to the San Diego Padres on Wednesday afternoon, hours after the general managers meetings began, in exchange for Tekotte.
Even though Tekotte struggled in 2012 with hamstring injuries and a poor overall season at the plate -- he hit .243 with nine homers at Triple-A Tucson -- Hahn said he would have a shot to be the teams fourth outfielder next season. Tekotte, who was designated for assignment by the Padres on Nov. 2, has been added to the White Sox 40-man roster.
He had a down year last year, Hahn said. But he can run a little bit, play some defense, nice line drive stroke, can get on base. We still view him as a prospect, but he has to bounce back from some injuries and some swing adjustments he made last year.
A third-round pick in 2008 out of Miami, Tekotte, 25, has played in 30 major league games since 2011 and carries a .163 career average in 49 at-bats.
Tekotte hit .285 with 19 homers and 67 RBI in 2011 at Double-A San Antonio.
Kloess, 27, was 6-3 with a 2.69 ERA in 73 23 innings last season between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte. A minor-league free agent in 2009, Kloess struck out 70 batters and walked 30.
The White Sox now have 34 players on their 40-man roster.
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.