White Sox put Mark Teahen on DL, call up Dallas McPherson

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Mark Teahen had hoped to avoid the disabled list after straining his oblique muscle last Wednesday, but after leaving him on the active roster as long as possible the White Sox have put him on the shelf and called up Dallas McPherson from Triple-A.

McPherson was once a top prospect with the Angels, but injuries and tons of strikeouts stalled his career and he’s been mashing Triple-A pitching for the past few years.

McPherson has 110 homers and a .599 slugging percentage in 379 career games at Triple-A, but that power comes with a modest .279 batting average and staggering 511 strikeouts. He’ll likely serve as a bench bat while the White Sox roll with Brent Morel and Omar Vizquel at third base.

Royals sign Drew Storen to minor league deal

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The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.

Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.

While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.