Per a report, Minnesota has signed outfielder Josh Willingham, effectively ending Michael Cuddyer's (and maybe Jason Kubel's) with the Twins.
Willingham has been consistently average to above average for the last six seasons, posting a WAR between 2.1-3.0 every season since 2006. His OPS during those seasons has never fallen below .810, although his value has been brought down by generally below-average defense.
This is pretty meaningless, but in 60 career plate appearances against the Sox Willingham owns a .619 OPS. The bigger story in terms of against-the-Sox splits is that they may not have to face Cuddyer or Kubel as members of the Twins as much anymore.
In 585 career plate appearances against the Sox, Cuddyer has a .817 OPS with 19 home runs. While Cuddyer's been good, Kubel's been great against the Sox, hitting 22 home runs with an .896 OPS in 303 plate appearances. Hopefully, for the White Sox sake, both of those guys will be out of the division.
Update: MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger is reporting a deal with Willingham isn't done, but expects one to be completed tomorrow.
Four of the team's top-10 prospects and a former All-Star are among the 19 nonroster invitees to White Sox big league camp this spring.
The team announced Monday that prospects Michael Kopech, Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Spencer Adams have all been invited to camp next month. Everth Cabrera, an All-Star in 2013 for the San Diego Padres, Cody Asche, Cory Luebke and Geovany Soto are among the eight minor league free agents who also received an invitation. Pitchers and catchers report to camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Feb. 14 while the team holds its first full-squad workout on Feb. 18.
Kopech was acquired in the Chris Sale trade in December while Collins and Burdi were both selected in the 2016 amateur draft. Adams was drafted in 2014.
Signed earlier this month, Soto is expected to earn a spot on the 25-man roster. Soto, who played for the White Sox in 2015, finished last season with four home runs and an .809 OPS in 86 plate appearances for the Los Angeles Angels.
Cabrera, who produced 4.6 Wins Above Replacement between 2012-13, hasn't played in the majors since he appeared in 29 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2015. Luebke, who has twice had reconstructive elbow surgery, finished with a 9.35 ERA in nine games for the Pittsburgh Pirates last season. Asche blasted 31 homers with a .240/.298/.385 slash line in 1,287 plate appearances since 2013 with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Other minor league free agents include: left-handed pitcher David Holmberg, right-handers Blake Smith and Anthony Swarzak, and catcher Roberto Pena.
White Sox minor leaguer pitchers Aaron Bummer, Brian Clark, Jace Fry and Matt Purke, infielders Nicky Delmonico and Danny Hayes, and outfielder Courtney Hawkins also have been invited to camp.