The White Sox trade for the Jeff Samardzija is now official. The White Sox are getting Samardzija and RHP Michael Ynoa and giving up RHP Chris Bassitt, C Josh Phegley, 1B Rangel Ravelo and infielder Marcus Semien.
Michael Ynoa was a top 100 prospect on Baseball Prospectus way back in 2009 and 2010, but things have changed since then. Last season, Ynoa, who turned 23 this past September, spent the season as a reliever at Stockton in the California league. While getting 12.61 K/9 in 45.2 innings, he also had a 5.52 ERA and 4.07 FIP. He was also on the on the A's 40-man roster, so he'll immediately join the Sox 40-man roster.
Most White Sox fans are familiar with Chris Bassitt, Josh Phegley, and Marcus Semien. Rangel Ravelo has been a good hitter throughout his time in the minors and was added to the Sox 40-man roster this offseason. Unfortunately, the Sox don't need a right handed hitting first baseman much anymore, so his future has been a bit in question so a move to another organization is probably what he needed.
That might be a common theme for all the guys traded. Chris Bassitt had limited chances in the bullpen with Zach Duke and David Robertson added. Josh Phegley was now competing with four guys for the backup catcher spot and a spot in Charlotte. The middle infield logjam that Marcus Semien was in the middle of at Charlotte had forced Semien and Tyler Saladino to the outfield. These guys may all have better chances at the majors now.
With the trade, the Sox 40-man roster drops to 38. David Robertson will take that to 39 when his signing become official, so the Sox will be able to participate in the Rule 5 draft Thrusday if they want to.
Rick Hahn's comments at the announcement.