White Sox heading into 2015 with a glut of second basemen


ESPN’s Doug Padilla notes that now that the White Sox have moved on from Gordon Beckham, they are heading into 2015 with three second basemen in the running for one starting job. He writes that it’s unlikely all three will still be wearing White Sox uniforms by the time spring training is done.

The three candidates are Marcus Semien, Micah Johnson, and Carlos Sanchez. Semien played more at third base than at second base during the regular season in his two notable stints in the majors (April-May, then again in September), but struggled defensively at the hot corner, which is why the White Sox are viewing him more as a second baseman. Semien didn’t do a whole lot with the bat, hitting just .234/.300/.372 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 255 plate appearances.

Sanchez made his major league debut on July 13 before returning to the minors. He returned again in late August and stuck with the White Sox through the end of the season. In 104 plate appearances, he hit .250/.269/.300. At Triple-A Charlotte, with which he spent most of his season, he hit .293.

Johnson moved to Triple-A for the first time in mid-May, batting .275/.314/.370 in 302 plate appearances. He’s known for his speed, having stolen 84 bases in a single season in 2013, split between three levels in the minors. However, Johnson only stole 12 at Triple-A as he was bothered by a hamstring injury.

Mitch Moreland signs one-year, $3 million deal with Red Sox

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First baseman Mitch Moreland is back with the Red Sox. The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the veteran has inked a one-year, $3 million to remain in Boston. The contract calls for a $2.5 million salary for 2020 and includes a 2021 club option worth $3 million with a $500,000 buyout.

Moreland has spent the past three seasons with the Red Sox. Last year, he hit .252/.328/.507 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI over 335 plate appearances. He mostly faced right-handed pitching, platooning at first base with Michael Chavis, Sam Travis, and Steve Pearce.

Moreland will once again platoon at first base with Chavis. Chavis also played second and third base last year, so he could find time at those positions when Moreland is in the starting lineup.