Busy White Sox re-sign Mark Kotsay for one year, $1.5 million

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General manager Ken Williams has been busy, as usual.
In addition to reportedly acquiring Mark Teahen from the Royals for Chris Getz and Josh Fields, the White Sox announced this afternoon that they’ve re-signed Mark Kotsay to a one-year, $1.5 million deal.
Acquired from the Red Sox for Brian Anderson in late July, the 33-year-old Kotsay hit .292/.349/.434 in 127 plate appearances for the White Sox while drawing starts at first base and all three outfield spots.
Kotsay figures to be used in a similar capacity in 2010, likely serving as the team’s fourth outfielder, backup first baseman, and left-handed bat off the bench, but his exact role depends on the other moves that Williams has up his sleeve this offseason. Kotsay has struggled to stay healthy and is no longer capable of regularly playing center field defensively, but he’s a useful piece to have around and should be able to hit .275 or so with a decent on-base percentage and minimal power.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.