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White Sox claim third baseman Mike Olt off waivers from the Cubs

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The White Sox have claimed third baseman Mike Olt off waivers from the Cubs and have added him to their major league roster.

We all became acquainted with Mike Olt in 2012 when he was with the Rangers, set to become their third baseman of the future.  Then a few of things happened after the 2012 season. First, Olt suffered a concussion in winter ball.  This turned more serious when vision problems appeared for Olt early in the 2013 season.  Second, Joey Gallo hit 38 home runs for the Rangers' SAL team and became the new third baseman of the future.  This lead Olt to be traded to the Cubs along with a few others in July 2013 for Matt Garza.

While it appeared that Olt rebounded in Iowa, his time with the big league team has been less than encouraging.  In 2013 with the Cubs, he hit .160/.248/.356. This year, in only six games he hit .133/.188/.333.  His time with the team was limited first by a broken wrist after being hit by a pitch and then by Kris Bryant.  The Cubs DFA'd Olt this past Monday.

While Olt is on the roster, he's not yet with the team.  Based on his Twitter feed, he was dropped off at the airport before 4 pm today, so should be in uniform for tomorrow's game or maybe before the end of tonight's game.

With this move, the White Sox 40-man roster moves to 39.