The White Sox have formally introduced their beforehand reported one-year contract with slugger Edwin Encarnacion, designating left-hander Kodi Medeiros for task with a view to open a spot on the 40-man roster.
Encarnacion shall be assured $12MM for the upcoming season, the crew introduced, and there’s a $12MM choice for the 2021 season as effectively. That choice comes with a $2MM buyout, which means Encarnacion’s base wage for 2020 will land at $10MM. If the ChiSox decide up the choice, he’d earn a complete of $22MM over two seasons. Chicago agreed to phrases with Encarnacion again on Dec. 24, however evidently the vacation season delayed the finalization of the pact.
The 37-year-old Encarnacion turns into the most recent official addition in an action-packed offseason that has seen the South Siders spend greater than $200MM in free company. Yasmani Grandal, Dallas Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez and Steve Cishek all be a part of Encarnacion as open-market acquisitions. The group has additionally prolonged Jose Abreu (three years, $50MM) and bought Nomar Mazara in a commerce with the Rangers, emphatically asserting their intent to emerge from a multi-year rebuilding effort.
Medeiros, 23, was a first-round decide by the Brewers again in 2014 (No. 12 total) however made his strategy to the ChiSox within the 2018 commerce that despatched Joakim Soria from Chicago to Milwaukee. The Hawaiian-born southpaw repeated the Double-A degree in 2019 however struggled by an unsightly season in what was a really pitcher-friendly league. Via 83 innings of labor, Medeiros logged a 5.10 ERA with 8.1 Ok/9, 5.5 BB/9 and a 36.1 p.c grounder price that marked a 14 p.c drop from the earlier season. Not solely did Medeiros stroll 51 hitters in his 83 innings (just one being intentional), he additionally plunked 11 batters and uncorked eight wild pitches.
All in all, it was a largely depressing season for the left-handed Medeiros, whom the White Sox now have every week to commerce, launch or place on outright waivers. He does have a pair of minor league choices remaining, so maybe one other membership will take a speculative flier in hopes of checking out the previous first-rounder’s management points. However Medeiros’ 2019 struggles in his second journey by what must be a pitcher-friendly setting ought to give the Sox at the very least an opportunity of passing him by waivers and maintaining him within the group.