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.
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White Sox catching prospect Zack Collins is being talked about in some elite company after a recent accomplishment.
Collins participated in the Southern League Home Run Derby in Double-A earlier this evening for the Birmingham Barons, and he secured his first career home run derby win.
Now, this is cool, thanks to NBC Sports Chicago’s stats guru Chris Kamka: Dating way back to 1895, Babe Ruth was born on Feb. 6, 1895. Collins was born on the same day as Ruth, but 100 years later.
It’s still way too early to make any sort of comparisons, but it’s a fun way to connect the two.
Collins so far this season is hitting .267 with 9 HR, 33 RBI’s and 59 BB in 62 games. Those walks lead the Southern League. The next highest is 39.
Collins is hitting much better than he did when he was with Single-A Winston-Salem last season. Collins hit a mere .233 in 101 games.
Think about this too. Rick Hahn mentioned several White Sox prospects will get promotions in the coming days. Could this mean Collins will get his opportunity? We’ll just have to wait and see.