White Sox acquire Yeyson Yrizarri from Rangers

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The White Sox acquired minor league middle infielder Yeyson Yrizarri from the Rangers, per a team announcement on Saturday. Yrizarri is the nephew of former major league shortstop Deivi Cruz and signed as an international free agent in 2013. The Rangers will receive international signing bonus pool money in return.

Yrizarri, 20, split the first half of his 2017 season between Single-A Hickory and High-A Down East. He slashed a cumulative .258/.285/.399 with seven home runs and a .684 OPS through 479 PA. Although his plate discipline and defensive skills still need considerable fine-tuning, his power potential and strong arm made him one of the more valuable prospects in the Rangers’ farm system, ranked No. 6 and No. 17 by Baseball Prospectus and MLB.com, respectively.

The extra bonus pool money should allow the Rangers more wiggle room for upcoming international signing periods, as they racked up over $3 million in signing bonuses for Venezuelan shortstop Keybar Rodriguez, outfielder Wilderd Patino and Mexican right-hander Damian Mendoza.

Colin Poche, Rays go to arbitration just $125,000 apart

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Reliever Colin Poche went to salary arbitration with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday with the sides just $125,000 apart.

The gap between the $1.3 million the pitcher asked for and the $1,175,000 the team offered was the smallest among the 33 players who exchanged proposed arbitration figures last month. The case was heard by John Woods, Jeanne Vonhof and Walt De Treux, who will hold their decision until later this month.

A 29-year-old left-hander, Poche had Tommy John surgery on July 29, 2020, and returned to the major leagues last April 22 after six appearances at Triple-A Durham. Poche was 4-2 with a 3.99 ERA and seven saves in 65 relief appearances for the Rays. He struck out 64 and walked 22 in 58 2/3 innings.

Poche had a $707,800 salary last year.

Tampa Bay went to arbitration on Monday with reliever Ryan Thompson, whose decision also is being held until later this month. He asked for $1.2 million and the Rays argued for $1 million.

Rays right-hander Jason Adam and outfielder Harold Ramirez remain scheduled for hearings.

Players and teams have split four decisions thus far. All-Star pitcher Max Fried ($13.5 million) lost to Atlanta and reliever Diego Castillo ($2.95 million) was defeated by Seattle, while pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Marlins.

A decision also is pending for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe.

Eighteen additional players are eligible for arbitration and hearings are scheduled through Feb. 17. Among the eligible players is Seattle utilityman Dylan Moore, who has a pending three-year contract worth $8,875,000.