A combination of moves on Friday will change the shape of the White Sox roster going forward and prep it for what now looks like a postseason stretch run.
First, the White Sox acquired outfield Jarrod Dyson from the Pittsburgh Pirates for some international bonus space, optioning Luis González to Schaumburg and designating Nicky Delmonico for assignment off of the Schaumburg roster.
Catch me if I’m wrong, but does this mark two straight years that a player who’s batted cleanup for the White Sox in a game was dumped off of the team later that year?
Anyway, here is the White Sox release on Dyson:
WHITE SOX ACQUIRE JARROD DYSON FROM PITTSBURGH
CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox have acquired outfielder Jarrod Dyson from Pittsburgh in exchange for international signing bonus pool money, designated outfielder Nicky Delmonico for assignment and optioned outfielder Luis González to the Schaumburg training facility.
Dyson, 36, is hitting .157 with five RBIs, five runs and four stolen bases in 20 games (15 starts) with the Pirates this season after signing as a free agent on February 11. He will wear uniform No. 32.
Dyson is a career .245 hitter with 76 doubles, 36 triples, 21 home runs, 175 RBIs, 366 runs and 254 stolen bases over 11 major league seasons with Kansas City (2010-16), Seattle (2017), Arizona (2018-19) and the Pirates (2020).
He leads all active players with a career 85.2% stolen-base success rate and ranks sixth in steals. Dyson has stolen 25-plus bases seven times in his career, including a career-best 36 with the Royals in 2014.
Dyson scored the game-tying run for Kansas City in the ninth inning of the 2014 American League wild card game vs. Oakland and tallied the winning run in the Royals deciding Game 5 victory of the 2015 World Series against the Mets.
Delmonico, 28, is batting .150 with three RBIs over six games this season.
González, 24, has appeared in three games with the White Sox this season, going 0-for-1 with one run scored.
The White Sox 40-man roster remains at 40.
The White Sox made an immediate corresponding move, activating Nick Madrigal from the injured list and his rehab in Schaumburg, while demoting catcher Zack Collins to the alternate site in the burbs.
No word yet on whether cameraman Dylan Cease will take over as Danny Mendick’s “Dancing for Dubs” partner in the postgame clubhouse.