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White Sox, Victor Reyes Agree To Minor League Deal – MLB Commerce Rumors

The White Sox have agreed to a minor league contract with outfielder Víctor Reyes, tweets Evan Petzold of the Detroit Free-Press. Scott Merkin of MLB.com first reported the perimeters have been discussing a possible non-roster cope with an invitation to large league Spring Coaching earlier this week (Twitter link).

Reyes sticks within the AL Central, the place he’s spent the previous 5 years with the Tigers. Initially a member of the Arizona group, he landed in Detroit as the primary decide within the 2017 Rule 5 draft. Reyes managed only a .222/.239/.288 line in 100 video games as a rookie, however the rebuilding Detroit membership held him on the roster all season to realize his long-term contractual rights. He’d spend 4 extra seasons with the Tigers, usually showing in round half their MLB video games every year.

The 28-year-old has tallied slightly below 1300 plate appearances on the MLB degree. He’s a .264/.294/.379 profession hitter, offense that checks in 17 factors beneath league common by measure of wRC+. Reyes has respectable bat-to-ball abilities and hits for a stable batting common, however he hardly ever walks or makes a lot of an influence from an influence perspective. It was the same story in 2022, because the Venezuela native posted a .254/.289/.362 mark by means of a personal-high 336 journeys to the plate.

A stable runner with a robust throwing arm, Reyes has ample expertise in any respect three outfield spots. He has performed over 1000 MLB innings in proper discipline, greater than 900 frames in middle and slightly below 700 innings in left. Public defensive metrics usually peg him as a mean to barely below-average defender at every spot, however he’s athletic sufficient to deal with any of these positions off the bench.

Reyes’ stint in Detroit got here to a detailed on the finish of the season, when he cleared waivers and have become a minor league free agent. He’d been projected for a $2.2MM wage if tendered an arbitration contract, making it a reasonably straightforward name for first-year president of baseball operations Scott Harris to maneuver on.

The White Sox have room for enchancment at each nook outfield spots. Luis Robert has middle discipline secured, and Eloy Jiménez could be penciled again in left discipline if he’s not used primarily at designated hitter. Proper discipline is totally up within the air, with rookie Oscar Colás or first baseman/nook outfielder Gavin Sheets trying the favorites for reps. The Sox non-tendered Adam Engel and noticed AJ Pollock decide out of the ultimate 12 months of his contract, leaving them with simply Robert, Sheets and Jiménez as outfielders on the 40-man roster. They’re positive so as to add some assist later within the offseason, however there’s presently loads of alternative for a non-roster invitee like Reyes to earn a bench job in Spring Coaching.

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