Anthony Ranaudo, would-be hero of the Crosstown Cup, has been released by the White Sox today to sign a one year, $1.05 million deal with the Samsung Lions of the KBO.
Ranaudo came to the Sox on May 15 in a trade for pitching prospect Matt Ball. Five days earlier, Ranaudo gave up five runs to the Sox on five walks while pitching for the Rangers. Ranaudo spent the next two months in Charlotte before getting a call up to start against the Cubs on July 27.
In that start against the Cubs, Ranaudo held the Cubs hitless through 5⅓ innings until giving up a home run to Kris Bryant. Fortunately, that only tied the game since Ranaudo homered an inning earlier for his first major league hit. In the seventh, Robin Ventura’s slow hook reared its ugly head when Ranaudo gave up a two run homer to Javier Baez. Eventually, all went bad as a combination of Carson Fulmer and Jacob Turner gave up five more runs. The Sox scored their only run of the night on Ranaudo’s home run.
Ranaudo returned to Charlotte for a few weeks before coming back to start four more games for the Sox. Over 27⅔ innings with the Sox, Ranaudo gave up 9 home runs, walked 12, and struck out 16 for an 8.46 ERA and 7.52 FIP.
With this move the White Sox 40-man roster drops to 39. The next big date for the offseason is the non-tender/arbitration deadline on December 2.