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Today in White Sox History: January 4

A sneaky-smart pickup in the discount aisle!

At a bargain price, the White Sox purchased future All-Star Joe Haynes on this day, 83 years ago.
| George Burke


The White Sox made a savvy purchase, acquiring righthander Joe Haynes from the Washington Senators. For next to nothing, Chicago secured a valuable pitcher throughout the decade.

Haynes came to the White Sox as a reliever, and in his first full season on the South Side (1942) led the AL in games (40) and games finished (35), picking up six saves with a 2.62 ERA. Eventually, Haynes would move more or less fully into the starting rotation, and in 1947 finished seventh in the AL in pitching WAR (4.0), with a 14-6 record and league-best 2.42 ERA. He was rewarded for his move into stardom by being selected for the 1948 All-Star Game.

For his career Haynes compiled 12.4 WAR for the White Sox, good for 39th in team history, between Freddy García and Javier Vázquez. He threw to a 3.14 ERA over 1,007 2⁄3 innings and a 114 ERA+. Only 16 pitchers in White Sox history threw at least 1,000 innings for the team and posited a lower ERA.


The Sox signed oft-injured outfielder Ellis Burks to a one-year contract. Burks would have a breakout season in 1993, and finally stop the revolving door in right field — at least for that season.

Burks hit 17 homers with 71 RBIs for the year, hitting .275. He caught the final out to clinch the division title that season, as well. In the six-game ALCS Burks hit .304 with seven safeties, including a double and a home run, and drove in three runs. He also walked four times.

Unfortunately, GM Ron Schueler wouldn’t give Burks the multiyear deal he was looking for after the season; the outfielder left for Colorado, where he became an All-Star.


It might have seemed like an an odd trade for a tanking/rebuilding team to make, but the White Sox were made an offer they couldn’t refuse: Two veteran relievers for a journeyman minor-leaguer in a three-team swap. When two teams want to give you free stuff, you gotta take it.

The White Sox received cash and Joakim Soria from Kansas City, and got some more cash and Luis Avilán from the Dodgers. What did the White Sox give up? Nothing to the Royals, and Jake Peter to Los Angeles.

GM Rick Hahn has made three-team trades his strength, and while the gains here were minor, this was a trade win. Soria posted 16 saves in 40 games, and a 2.56 ERA/1.0 WAR before getting flipped to Milwaukee in July 2018. Avilán was a solid support southpaw out of the pen (3.86 ERA, 0.2 WAR) before getting flipped to Philadelphia a month later.

Peter never played a day in the majors.

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