CHICAGO – Chris Getz has been named the new senior vice president/general manager of the Chicago White Sox, the club announced today.
Getz, a former player and front office executive with the Kansas City Royals and White Sox, is in his seventh season with the Sox baseball operations department, including the last three as assistant general manager. In that role, he was involved in player evaluation, acquisition, staffing decisions, the amateur draft and the sports science department. He has overseen the club’s minor league operations and player development system since 2017.
“Chris brings a wealth of knowledge and experience within our organization to this role,” said White Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf. “Most importantly, he knows our players, both at the major league level and in our system, knows our staff and is familiar with all aspects of our baseball operations department.
“Chris has impressed me greatly over the past seven years,” Reinsdorf said. “In our conversations together this season, I have become energized by his vision, approach and sense of what this organization needs to become competitive again. With his existing knowledge of the organization, top to bottom, I believe his leadership will provide us with the quickest path forward to our goal, a consistently successful baseball team that competes and plays the game the right way. He will re-energize this organization.”
“I am honored and humbled to be given this leadership responsibility,” Getz said. “I understand what this team means to White Sox fans, and I am excited to begin the work today and during the remainder of this season. There is a great deal of talent within this clubhouse and within this ballpark, and we are going to diligently begin to do the work and lay the foundation for an organization and a team we all take pride in, from the staff, to the players, to our fans.”
Getz was hired by the White Sox in October 2016 after spending two seasons as a baseball operations assistant/player development with the Royals, including being a part of a World Series-winning organization in 2015.
He served as director of player development with the White Sox from 2017-20 before being promoted to assistant general manager in 2021. For the past seven seasons, Getz has handled the day-to-day operations of the minor-league system, including individual development plans for every player, player evaluation, personnel and staff decisions, contract negotiations, affiliate relations and overseeing the Dominican Academy. In 2022, Getz implemented “Project Birmingham,” an innovative program in which many of the organization’s top prospects, as well as the development staff, were assigned to Class AA Birmingham from August 23 through the end of the year. Getz also supervised operations of the alternate training site in Schaumburg, Ill., in 2020-21, helping Andrew Vaughn and others prepare to play successfully in the major leagues.
Originally drafted by the White Sox in the fourth round in 2005, Getz played seven major-league seasons with the Sox (2008-09), Royals (2010-13) and Toronto (2014).
A native of Grosse Pointe, Mich., and a graduate of University of Michigan, Getz played collegiately at Wake Forest (2003) and Michigan (2004-05), earning First-Team All-America honors in 2005. He and his wife, Nicole, reside in Winnetka, Ill., with their three children.