With major-league transactions frozen during the MLB lockout, fans pining for free agent news have turned their attention to minor-league moves.
The interest has been heightened even for deals that will take a while to have an impact on the major-league team. The White Sox’ latest signing was one of those.
MSM Sports announced on Tuesday that their client, catcher Keegan Fish, is signing with the White Sox. As of Wednesday afternoon, the move had yet to appear on the team’s transactions page. The Marlins released Fish last week, paving the way for the change in organizations.
Fish most recently played for the Single-A Juniper Hammerheads, batting .295 in 44 at-bats. The Marlins drafted him out of high school in the 13th round of the 2018 MLB Draft. Though the 22-year-old has more developing to do in the minor leagues, his signing is a good reminder that even during a lockout, the White Sox have an opportunity to add to their farm system.
Here’s what else the White Sox have done on the minor-league front since the MLB owners imposed a lockout on Dec. 2:
- Selected shortstop Moises Castillo from the Cardinals in the Triple-A phase of the Rule 5 Draft
- Signed two international free agents: right-handed pitchers Ronny Robles and Jose Mendoza
- Signed two other pitchers to minor-league contracts: right-hander Yacksel Rios and lefty Brandon Finnegan
- Signed second baseman D.J. Burt to a minor-league contract