The White Sox have reportedly struck a minor league deal with free agent outfielder Peter Bourjos, per Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune. The deal includes an invite to spring training, where Bourjos is expected to compete alongside Jacob May, Charlie Tilson and Adam Engel for a spot on the roster.
The 30-year-old center fielder was claimed off waivers by the Phillies in December 2015 and slashed .251/.292/.389 with five home runs and a .681 OPS for the club in 2016. Despite showing some inconsistencies at the plate early in the year, it was a step up for the veteran outfielder after he toed the Mendoza line with the Cardinals in 2015. He’s a career .243 hitter who hit his stride with the Angels back in 2010, though the White Sox’ crop of untested prospects shouldn’t crowd him out of a roster spot come Opening Day.
The deal has not yet been confirmed by the team.
The Dodgers beat the Twins last night thanks to a Cody Bellinger three-run homer. But Bellinger was not the only Dodgers rookie who had a notable game. A far more unconventional one is worth mentioning as well.
That rookie is reliever Edward Paredes, who made his big league debut last night. What makes him unconventional: he’s 30. Turns 31 in September, actually. Paredes pitched professionally for 12 years before making it to The Show. Most of that time was in the affiliated minors in the Mariners, Indians, Angels and Dodgers organizations. He spent time in the independent Atlantic League in 2013-15 as well.
Paredes did not do anything heroic last night. It was more of a right place/right time kind of appearance, retiring the side in order with a fly out, line out and a ground out and remaining the pitcher of record while Bellinger hit that three-run homer. That’s enough for a W, though. A W that Paredes waited a lot longer for than most pitchers who notch one in the bigs.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network says that the Nationals could pursue Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray if Stephen Strasburg‘s forearm issue lingers. Strasburg left Sunday’s start early due to forearm tightness, saying he was unable to get loose. Sometimes that’s a sign of a major injury. Sometimes it’s just a thing that happens and then goes away.
The Nationals will have to make a determination as to how big a deal this all is pretty soon, though, as a lot of other teams, including the Yankees, Brewers and Astros have all been linked to Gray. It seems inevitable at this point that the A’s will move their ace before Monday’s trade deadline.
Gray is set to start tonight. It may very well be his last in an A’s uniform.