The White Sox have inked free agent second baseman Johnny Giavotella to a minors deal, per an announcement from Double-A Birmingham on Saturday. He’s expected to continue at the Double-A level for the time being.
Giavotella, 30, was released by the Marlins in early May. He failed to impress in his first 10 games at Triple-A New Orleans, slashing just .214/.389/.250 wth one double and one stolen base in 36 plate appearances. The veteran infielder has not appeared in a major-league game since his seven-game stint with the Orioles back in 2017, during which he went 1-for-10 with a base hit and a stolen base.
The White Sox, of course, are hoping to see more of the .267-average, 1.5-fWAR player that dazzled with the Angels in 2015-16. At the very least, Giavotella is expected to provide some depth for a club that recently lost Yoan Moncada to a bout of hamstring tightness.
Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic report that Rays starter Blake Snell has switched agencies, going from Apex Baseball to Boras Corporation. Snell is currently signed to a five-year, $50 million contract and will be under contract through 2023.
Snell found himself in hot water two weeks ago when he said on his Twitch stream that he wouldn’t risk his life to play baseball during a pandemic while receiving significantly reduced pay. Some described Snell as tone deaf for saying, “I gotta get my money. I’m not playing unless I get mine, okay?”
Boras represents many of baseball’s highest-paid players, including Gerrit Cole and Bryce Harper. Snell is not likely to win over any of the people he recently irritated by appearing to go after more money by hiring the highest-profile agent. What often goes unsaid is that players have a very limited window in which to use their elite athletic skills to make money.
Snell won the 2018 AL Cy Young Award, going 21-5 with a 1.89 ERA and a 221/64 K/BB ratio over 180 2/3 innings. He did not have nearly the same success last year, going 6-8 with a 4.29 ERA and a 147/40 K/BB ratio in 107 innings.