Yolmer Sánchez is reportedly rejoining the White Sox organization.
According to a report from MLB.com's Mark Feinsand, the White Sox are bringing back the slick-fielding infielder on a minor league deal. The San Francisco Giants released him last week.
Sánchez won a Gold Glove with the White Sox last season, but the team non-tendered him during the offseason, with highly rated prospect Nick Madrigal set to make his arrival as the team's second baseman in 2020. Sánchez turned down major league offers to compete for the starting job in San Francisco, but a back injury kept him off the Giants' Opening Day roster. There was no spot for him on the big league team once he returned to full health, and he was released.
Now he's back with the White Sox again, and any big league chance he'd get this season would be as a reserve. Madrigal came up to assume the starting job at second base, and though he was injured in his fifth major league game, he's expected back before the end of the month.
Danny Mendick has hit well filling in for the injured Madrigal, but the White Sox could benefit from some more infield depth after Leury García injured his thumb and was knocked out for the remainder of the regular season.
Sánchez, despite his defensive prowess, was rarely able to match in the offensive department. Last season, he slashed .252/.318/.321.
But he does have a great glove, something that could certainly be of value at a number of positions on the infield. And he was constantly praised for his positive presence in the clubhouse and in the dugout, showing off his fun-loving nature with his frequent celebrations involving the Gatorade cooler.
Of course, all that benefitting these 2020 White Sox is contingent on him actually getting a big league chance, though rosters expanded to 28 players for the remainder of the season should make that more possible.