No real surprises with today’s White Sox roster moves, but let’s count them down, anyway.
Most significantly, the club exercised its $3.5 million club option on Leury García for the 2021 season. In spite of the signing of Tim Beckham to a minor-league deal and presence of Danny Mendick on the roster, García is the most dependable and flexible utilityman on the club. And if the new manager chooses to shift Eloy Jiménez to full-time (or most-time) DH, García could be the regular left fielder next season.
As expected, the White Sox declined the contract options of Edwin Encarnación and Gio González. Encarnación was due $12 million in 2021. González gets paid a $500,000 buyout with his $7 million option declined.
Michael Kopech, an aspiring 2021 rotation member, was reinstated from the restricted list, where he was placed when he opted out of the 2020 season. Jimmy Lambert, another aspiring 2021 rotation member, was activated from the 60-day injured list.
Finally, Yolmer Sánchez’s brief return to the South Side is now over, as the Baltimore Orioles claimed the infielder off of waivers.
The White Sox 40-man roster is reduced to 36.