The White Sox continue to stock up on bodies by signing third baseman Andy LaRoche and outfielder Michael Taylor to minor league deals this past week.
With the Andy LaRoche signing, the Sox reunite a new set of brothers for at least spring training. Andy, 31, and Adam LaRoche both played for the Pirates during the 2008 and 2009 seasons before Adam was traded to the Red Sox in June 2009. Besides a one-game appearance in Toronto in 2013, Andy has been playing for Toronto's AAA team the past two seasons.
Andy LaRoche has been a third baseman throughout his baseball career with a handful of games across the infield. While he's a right-handed hitter, he's put up reverse splits two out of the last three season so he probably isn't a likely candidate to be a right handed platoon for Conor Gillaspie. This deal could be to add a little bit of depth for the left side of the left side of the infield, a typical "keep it in the family" type of Sox move, or a little bit of both.
Michael Taylor rejoins the Sox after his brief September audition was cut short by a knee injury. Taylor joined the Sox organization last July in a minor league trade that ended Taylor's fifth season at the A's AAA team. After joining Charlotte, Taylor hit .306/.386/.489 with six home runs in 64 games. He joins the competition for a bench spot because of his time with Todd Steverson and his ability to flash a bit of leather in the outfield.
The White Sox also signed right handed hitting first baseman Chris Jacobs to a minor league deal. Jacobs, who turned 26 in late November, had played in the Dodgers organization since 2007. In his third season at high-A, he seemed to figure things out a bit by hitting .266/.387/.499 with 25 home runs. Being 2.2 years older than the average California League player probably helped along with it being the California League (the California League is typically hitter friendly). Like all Dodgers players, the Sox likely have seen him more than 15 minutes in a batting cage since they share spring training facilities. If he continues to be hitter-ish, he may put a bit of pressure on Nick Basto or Keon Barnum, but I wouldn't expect much more than that.