From the White Sox’ official Twitter feed comes word that reliever Jason Frasor has been traded back to his former team, the Blue Jays, for minor league right-handers Myles Jaye and Daniel Webb.
It’s yet another sign — if we’re ignoring the recent contract extension given to John Danks — that the Pale Hose are entering full rebuilding mode.
Frasor posted a decent 3.60 ERA and 57/26 K/BB ratio in 60 innings last season between Chicago and Toronto. He was traded from the Blue Jays to the White Sox at the July 31 deadline, but is now back in the Toronto ‘pen to serve as middle relief in 2012.
Jaye, 20, was a 17th-round selection in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. He had a 3.00 ERA and 49/18 K/BB ratio in 54 innings last year in rookie ball. Webb, 22, was an 18th-round pick in 2009 and registered a 5.48 ERA and 51/24 K/BB ratio across 67 1/3 innings last season between two different levels of Single-A.
The White Sox exercised a $3.75 million club option on Frasor in late October.
Good news in Boston: An MRI on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi‘s left knee revealed no structural damage.
Benintendi slipped while trying to avoid a tag at second base, injuring his leg, but it appears he’s avoided a serious injury. A timetable for his return isn’t known at this point, but the Red Sox expect to get him back before the end of the season.
Benintendi is hitting .324/.365/.485 with a homer and ten RBI in 21 games.
And then there was one. One player from the 2008 World Series champs, that is. Ryan Howard likely isn’t going anywhere so he’ll be the last one to turn the lights off, but today Carlo Ruiz bid adieu to the Phillies following his trade to Los Angeles.
Lost in all of the emotions the Dodgers are reported to be feeling about A.J. Ellis leaving is the fact that Ruiz was one of the most beloved Phillies players ever, by both his teammates and their fans. Yesterday Roy Halladay penned a heartfelt goodbye to Ruiz, suggesting that he was every bit as essential to his and the Phillies’ success as Ellis has been to Clayton Kershaw (and in pure baseball production, obviously, quite more).
Today Chooch left a message for his now former teammates: