Per an official announcement from the White Sox, left fielder Eloy Jiménez is back in the lineup for the first time since his disastrous outfield collision with Charlie Tilson earlier this month. In a corresponding move, infielder José Rondón has been designated for assignment.
Jiménez, 22, sustained an ulnar nerve contusion in his right elbow during the collision, prompting the club to place their highly-touted rookie on the 10-day injured list. Prior to his assignment, he slashed .244/.307/.483 with 17 home runs, 39 RBI, and a .791 OPS through 267 plate appearances. He’ll handle DH and bat fifth for the conclusion of the White Sox’ four-game series against the Twins on Sunday.
Rondón, meanwhile, had a much more challenging start to his 2019 season. By the time he was DFA’d, he was batting just .197/.265/.282 with three homers, nine RBI, and a .546 OPS through 156 PA. Those production levels — and the similarly mediocre numbers he’s delivered in previous seasons — may not be enough to inspire another MLB team to claim him off waivers, however, as he’s currently out of options.
Buster Posey has opted out of the 2020 MLB season. The San Francisco Giants have issued a statement saying that they “fully support Buster’s decision. Buster is an integral part of our team and will be sorely missed, but we look forward to having him back in 2021.”
Posey and his wife are adopting identical twin girls who were born prematurely and who are currently in the NICU and will be for some time. They are stable, but obviously theirs is not a situation that would be amenable to the demands of a baseball season as it’s currently structured.
Poset had missed all of the Giants’ workouts so far, Recently he said, “I think there’s still some reservation on my end as well. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks. I think it would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you, not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country and different parts of the country.” He said that he talked about playing with his wife quite a great deal but, really, this seems like a no-brainer decision on his part.
In opting out Posey is foregoing the 60-game proration of his $21.4 million salary. He is under contract for one more year at $21.4 million as well. The Giants can pick up his 2022 club option for $22 million or buy him out for $3 million.
A veteran of 11 seasons, Posey has earned about $124 million to date. Which seems to be the common denominator with players who have opted out thus far. With the exception of Joe Ross and Héctor Noesí, the players to have opted out thus far have earned well above $10 million during their careers. Players that aren’t considered “high risk” and elect not to play do not get paid and do not receive service time.