Blue Jays designate Teahen for assignment


Blue Jays designate Teahen for assignment

The Blue Jays designated former White Sox infielder Mark Teahen for assignment Monday, ending the 30-year-old's short tenure north of the border. Teahen was sent to Toronto as a major salary dump along with Edwin Jackson for Jason Frasor and Zach Stewart last July.

Teahen had little use as a member of the Blue Jays' bench, appearing in just 27 games and seeing 47 plate appearances.

The subject of one of the more head-scratching contracts of the last few years, Teahen hit just .239 with a .310 on-base percentage and .356 slugging percentage -- good for a satanic .666 OPS. Following two solid years in 2006 and 2007 with the Royals, Teahen's offensive production fell off considerably in 2008 and 2009 -- and coupled with poor defense, Teahen didn't have much value as a starting position player when the Sox dealt for him after the '09 season.

That trend continued away from Kansas City, as Teahen has posted a negative WAR in each of the last four seasons. But Teahen received a three-year, 14 million contract extension from the White Sox in 2009. Even at the modest yearly salaries of 3.75 million and 4.75 million, Teahen's production was unable to match his salary.

Given Teahen's 2011 struggles against right-handed pitching and his suspect defense -- although he was much-improved with the glove at third base last year -- he may have a tough time catching on somewhere as a backup.

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

White Sox agree to one-year deals with Brett Lawrie, Avisail Garcia

Brett Lawrie and Avisail Garcia will both return to the White Sox in 2017.

The team announced it reached deals with both players shortly before Friday’s 7 p.m. CST nontender deadline. Lawrie will earn $3.5 million next season and Garcia received a one-year deal for $3 million.

The club didn’t tender a contract to right-handed pitcher Blake Smith, which leaves its 40-man roster at 38.

Acquired last December for a pair of minor leaguers, Lawrie hit .248/.310/.413 with 12 home runs, 22 doubles and 36 RBIs in 94 games before he suffered a season-ending injury.

Lawrie produced 0.9 f-WAR when he suffered what then-manager Robin Ventura described a “tricky” injury on July 21. Despite numerous tests and a lengthy rehab, Lawrie never returned to the field and was frustrated by the experience. Last month, Lawrie tweeted that he believes the cause of his injury was wearing orthotics for the first time in his career.

He was projected to earn $5.1 million, according to and earned $4.125 million in 2016.

Garcia hit .245/.307/.385 with 12 homers and 51 RBIs in 453 plate appearances over 120 games. The projected salary for Garcia, arb-eligible for the first time, was $3.4 million.

The team also offered contracts to Miguel Gonzalez and Todd Frazier, who are eligible for free agency in 2018, first baseman Jose Abreu and relievers Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam and Jake Petricka, among others.

The White Sox have until mid-January to reach an agreement with their arbitration-eligible players. If they haven’t, both sides submit figures for arbitration cases, which are then heard throughout February.

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

White Sox announcer Jason Benetti cracks Crain's 40 under 40

Crain's Chicago Business released its latest 40 under 40 project and White Sox announcer Jason Benetti made this year's list.

The 33-year-old just finished his first season with the White Sox as play-by-play announcer, working the home games at U.S. Cellular Field (before it was renamed Guaranteed Rate Field last month) alongside Steve Stone as longtime broadcaster Hawk Harrelson saw his workload reduced to mostly road games.

Benetti quickly became a fan favorite among Chicagoans on CSN and other networks in 2016 and his cerebral palsy became more of a backstory, with his work alongside Stone and his affable sense of humor taking center stage instead.

Among other topics, Benetti discussed how he approaches his job of broadcasting for the team he grew up rooting for:

Law school taught me that there are always two sides of the argument. I see it from the Sox prism, but I can’t believe in my heart of hearts that, if the Sox lose, the world’s over anymore. That first game, I was like, “All right, it’s just a game.” And then Avi Garcia hits a homer late in the game against the Indians and I call it like I would call it with a little more. And as the ball cleared the fence, when it was rolling around, I got a slight tear in my eye. And I was like, “What’s that?”

Check out the entire interview with Benetti and the full list at