White Sox Sign Elvis Andrus – MLB Trade Rumors

White Sox Sign Elvis Andrus - MLB Trade Rumors

August 19th: The White Sox officially announced the signing of Andrus, and Sosa is slated to make a spot on the active roster. A space on the 40-man was created by yesterday’s direct from Yoan Aybar.

August 18th: The White Sox agree to contract with free agent shortstop Elvis Andrusreports ESPN’s Jeff Passan (Twitter link). He expects to join their major league squad in Cleveland tomorrow. Jon Heyman of The New York Post reported late last night that the Sox was in talks with Andrus, who was released by the Athletics yesterday

Elvis Andrus  D. Ross Cameron-USA TODAY Sports

The 33-year-old Andrus (34 next week) is a natural fit for a White Sox club that will be without Tim Anderson for the next three to five weeks while he continues rehabilitation torn ligament in his left hand. Andrus is not a top defender at this stage of his career, but is a more natural fit at short than young Lenin Sosa, who has been handling the position in place of Anderson lately and managed just a .118/.143/.235 slash in an admittedly small sample of 35 plate appearances. Andrus’ .237/.301/.378 line isn’t a major improvement, but just narrowly shy of the league-average hitter in 2022.

That’s a far cry from Andrus’ .297/.337/.471 peak in 2017, when he also smashed 20 home runs and swiped 25 bags to go along with quality defensive contributions at shortstop. Sticking a veteran shortstop with only a slightly below-average offense into the lineup wasn’t something the Sox couldn’t have done just a few days ago, though, so they’re certainly very happy to be able to add. Andrus to the crease.

Defensive Runs Saved Andrus’ glovework pegs at a dismal -6 runs this season, but Ultimate Zone Rating (2.4) and Outs Above Average (zero/average) are more bullish. Even if the defense is now slightly sub-par, Sosa is considered by scouting reports a second baseman who is ill-equipped to handle shortstop, and the early returns (-2 DRS, -2 OAA in just 41 innings) do nothing to suggest otherwise . . Andrus should be a more stable option at the position.

Before his release, Andrus played the final season of an eight-year, $120MM contract originally signed with the Rangers. The White Sox will only owe him the prorated league minimum for the rest of the season, with the A’s still on the hook for the remainder of Andrus’ $14MM salary. That previous contract included a lucrative $15MM game option on Andrus reaching 550 plate appearances — he’s currently at 386 — but that’s a moot point now that he’s been released from his previous contract and signed a new one with Chicago. He will be a free agent at the end of the season.

It’s been a frustrating season at Guaranteed Rate Field, where the Sox have endured long absences from key players like Lance Lynn, Eloy Jimenez, Yasmani Grandal and now Anderson (to say nothing of shorter IL stints for Louis Robert, Lucas Giolito and others). Things haven’t gone the way the front office envisioned when putting together this enviable young core, but the Sox have been playing better ball lately and, despite some early-season slumps, are just two games behind the division-leading Rangers and one game back. of the second-placed Twins. The American League Central should be the tightest three-team race in Major League Baseball down the stretch, so even if Andrus proves to be a mere incremental upgrade, that marginal improvement could play a pivotal role.

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