The White Sox have traded catcher Dioner Navarro to the Toronto Blue Jays for LHP Colton Turner. To take Navarro’s place on the roster, the White Sox have activated catcher Alex Avila off the 15-Day DL.
Earlier this week, when talking about the rise Omar Navaez, Jim talked about what would happen when Avila was ready to return from the DL. One option he suggested was:
If they base it off performance: The Sox would just DFA Navarro, or trade him for cash considerations if he cleared waivers.
Instead of cash, the White Sox got a lefty. Colton Turner, 25, was the Blue Jays 21st round pick in 2012. He missed all of the 2014 season after Tommy John surgery. He’s been a slow mover through the Jay system, reaching AA for the first time earlier this season. The White Sox have assigned him to Birmingham.
Avila rejoins the Sox for the first time since before the All Star Break. After an aborted rehab in Charlotte in mid-July, Avila has played in four straight games for the Knights before returning to Chicago for tonight’s game. He went 7 for 11 over those four games with a homer and two walks.
With this move, the White Sox 40-man roster now sits at 39.