CHICAGO -- Jacob May has been impressive enough during Spring Training to break camp with the White Sox. And the White Sox sending outfielder Peter Bourjos to Tampa Bay might have increased that possibility.The White Sox announced the trade of Bourjos, in exchange for a player to be named later
CHICAGO -- Jacob May has been impressive enough during Spring Training to break camp with the White Sox. And the White Sox sending outfielder Peter Bourjos to Tampa Bay might have increased that possibility.
The White Sox announced the trade of Bourjos, in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations, on Tuesday. Chicago also reassigned left-handed pitchers Cory Luebke and Matt Purke to Minor League camp.
May, 25, is a switch-hitting center fielder who stands as the White Sox No. 26 prospect per MLBPipeline.com. He clearly is Major League-ready defensively and as a baserunner, but the third-round selection in the 2013 Draft has only 301 at-bats at the Triple-A level.
If May were to make the team, it would be to play regularly -- if not every day -- with his status as a developing prospect. Leury Garcia -- who is expected to make the team -- also has been mentioned by manager Rick Renteria as a center-field candidate, and the team could opt to keep outfielder Rymer Liriano, who is out of Minor League options. Cody Asche, another veteran non-roster invitee, looks to have the inside track for one of the bench spots.
May has hit .339 this spring with six extra-base hits and four stolen bases. The White Sox would have to figure out how this talented young player fits in their rebuild, and he might get a chance to show his ability from the season's outset.
Bourjos, who will turn 30 on Friday, was battling for a job as a non-roster invitee at White Sox camp. He was batting .313 in Spring Training with Chicago through Monday. The Rays will likely utilize Bourjos as a backup center fielder, with Colby Rasmus expected to begin the season on the disabled list.
Known for speed and defense, Bourjos played in 123 games for the Phillies last season, batting .251/.292/.389 with five home runs and 23 RBIs. He is a career .243/.300/.382 hitter over seven big league seasons with the Angels, Cardinals and Phillies.
Center field became an open spot for the White Sox due to a Charlie Tilson's right foot stress reaction. The left-handed-hitting outfielder is not expected back until late May or early June, wearing a walking boot for the next three weeks.
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