The White Sox have made their first move of the offseason today by outrighting Jacob Turner to Charlotte.
Turner joined the White Sox last October after being waived by the Cubs. The White Sox then, in an odd series of moves, non-tendered him on Dec. 2 only to sign him to a one-year, $1.5 million deal two days later.
The re-signing seemed to put Turner in contention for the fifth starter job, but after the signing of Mat Latos, Turner started the season in Charlotte. Turner joined the Sox after the All-Star break to fill in for Carlos Rodon while he was on the DL. Turner made two starts for the Sox, and that was two too many. Turner moved to the bullpen after those starts. It seemed for a while that the bullpen might suit him, but the deceptive 3.12 ERA in the ‘pen hides a 5.97 FIP. Overall, Turner had a 6.57 ERA / 6.51 FIP in 24⅔ innings with the Sox.
With this move the 40-man roster is now at 39.