White Sox third baseman Andy Carey, traded to Philadelphia on December 15, is instead dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers after refusing to report to the Phillies.
Carey, just 30 but a veteran having played for nearly all of the 1950s with the New York Yankees, didn’t want to be shuttled (with no say) to his fourth team in four years. As he was a California native, the White Sox obliged him with the Dodgers deal.
Carey, who was a -0.1 WAR part-timer for the South Siders in 1961, played a single season with L.A. before retiring.
Longtime hurler Tim Belcher announces his retirement, after 146 wins compiled over 14 seasons with seven teams.
One-half of those seasons and three of the wins came with the White Sox, as Belcher was the key 1993 deadline acquisition for the playoff-bound South Siders. Belcher went 3-5 with a 4.40 ERA (0.5 WAR) down the stretch and was not in the ALCS rotation, but did bail out a shelled Jason Bere in Game 4.
With the bases loaded and one out in the third inning, Belcher coaxed a strikeout and ground out to keep the Blue Jays’ lead at 3-2; Belcher threw 3 2⁄3 innings of one-run ball, himself aided on his final out by Tim Raines throwing out Roberto Alomar at home to end the sixth inning. The White Sox went on to win, 7-4, evening the series at two games apiece.