Injuries & Moves: Santos acquired from Giants

December 22nd, 2022

This White Sox roster moves and injury news page will be updated throughout the upcoming offseason.

LATEST NEWS

Dec. 22: Gregory Santos acquired from Giants
The White Sox added right-handed pitcher Santos in a trade with the Giants, sending Minor League right-hander to San Francisco.

Santos, 23, has an 0-2 record with an 11.12 ERA and five strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings covering five Major League appearances in 2021 and 2022. He has a 3.56 ERA with 190 strikeouts over 225 innings in six Minor League seasons. The addition of the hard-throwing Santos moves the White Sox 40-man roster to 38.

McClure, 28, was taken by the White Sox in the sixth round of the 2017 Draft. He has a 4.03 ERA over five Minor League seasons.

Dec. 7: Nick Avila acquired via Rule 5 Draft
The right-handed hurler was selected from the Giants with the 15th pick overall in the Major League phase. Avila, 25, posted a 1.14 ERA, .206 opponents average against, 16 saves and 58 strikeouts over 55 1/3 innings and 47 games in 2022 between High-A Eugene and Double-A Richmond. Avila is familiar with White Sox pitching coach Ethan Katz from their Giants’ days together.

Dec. 4: Mike Clevinger signs with White Sox
The right-handed starter agreed to a one-year, $12 million contract, which includes a mutual option for the 2024 season. Clevinger will receive $8 million in 2023, with a mutual $12 million option for 2024 that includes a $4 million buyout. Clevinger, 31, went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA, .233 opponents average against and 91 strikeouts over 23 appearances (22 starts) and 114 1/3 innings with San Diego in 2022.

Nov. 28: José Abreu signs with Astros
The historic nine-year run for Abreu with the White Sox came to an end, as he agreed upon a three-year, $58.5 million deal. The No. 3 home run hitter in franchise history moves to the defending World Series champions, while takes over full-time at first base for the White Sox.

Nov. 18: White Sox non-tender outfielders Adam Engel and Mark Payton and infielder Danny Mendick
Payton rejoined the team on Nov. 21 via a Minor League contract, while Mendick agreed to terms with the Mets.

Nov. 6: 1B José Abreu, SS Elvis Andrus, RHP Johnny Cueto and RHP Vince Velasquez become free agents
Abreu has become an organization staple, a clubhouse leader and has been one of the game’s top middle-of-the-order producers since his 2014 AL Rookie of the Year campaign. His statistics were once again solid across the board in ’22, although his power numbers noticeably dropped. But the White Sox have Andrew Vaughn playing out of position in left field and targeted for first base, with Eloy Jiménez set to primarily serve as designated hitter, so if Abreu returns beyond his nine stellar seasons on the South Side, how would the roster configuration work going forward?

Cueto was a true mound revelation for the White Sox in 2022 and could return, which would give the White Sox five solid starting options and some young arms behind them. Andrus sparked the team’s late push with nine homers and 28 RBIs over 43 games after he arrived as a free agent addition, but a White Sox return for Andrus would mean a move to second base with Tim Anderson healthy again. Andrus has never played any position but shortstop in his 14-year-career.

INJURY UPDATES

RHP Michael Kopech (right knee surgery)
Expected return:
2023
Kopech had surgery recently to address an issue with the meniscus in his right knee. He rejoined the team on Oct. 1 in San Diego and is expected to be ready for Spring Training without limitation. That meniscus injury was related to a cyst problem near his knee, leaving him pitching at less than full strength. (Last updated: Oct. 5)

CF Luis Robert (sprained left wrist)
Expected return: 2023
Robert will visit another doctor in two to three weeks to get his left wrist checked and see if any offseason work needs to be done. He tried to play through the pain, but ultimately agrees with the White Sox move to shut him down after being placed on the 10-day IL on Sept. 24. (Last updated: Sept. 28)

SS Tim Anderson (left middle finger tear)
Expected return: 2023 
Anderson was shut down on Sept. 27. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn mentioned on Sept. 24 how giving Anderson an extra two weeks on top of the projected six weeks of recovery from surgery on the middle finger on his left hand would send Anderson into the offseason in a healthier position.

“It's the best thing for him,” said White Sox acting manager Miguel Cairo. “You don't want him to re-injure that, the hand. He's still doing a lot of work on the treatment and stuff like that. He needs to get 100 percent for next year.” (Last updated: Sept. 27)

RHP (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return: TBD
The veteran reliever has not pitched for Chicago since June 13.

“He's still in the rehab process,” White Sox assistant general manager/player development Chris Getz said. “Still trying to figure out what exactly is going on, health-wise. We're putting a plan together with him right now. I don't know precisely what the next step is, though.” (Last updated: Aug. 20)

LHP (left UCL damage)
Expected return:
2023 
Crochet was set to move into the Michael Kopech starter/reliever hybrid role in 2022, but he underwent Tommy John surgery on April 5 and was transferred to the 60-day IL on May 17. His rehabilitation has gone well enough that he started throwing on flat ground on Aug. 30. (Last updated: Aug. 30)

RHP Jonathan Stiever (right lat surgery)
Expected return:
TBD
Stiever, 25, underwent season-ending surgery on his right lat on Aug. 23, 2021. He spent most of last season with Triple-A Charlotte but made one start for Chicago. Stiever is currently working out in Arizona, per White Sox assistant general manager/player development Chris Getz.

“We've been very careful with his rehab. He's feeling good, he's throwing bullpens, he's nearly at some live BPs,” Getz said. “And the plan is for him to get some innings at some point.” (Last updated: Aug. 20)