The White Sox have some free space on the 40-man roster after they didnt offer contracts to three players on Friday.
Starting pitcher Philip Humber, who pitched a perfect game in Seattle on April 21, was claimed off waivers by the Houston Astros while the team didnt tender contract offers to first baseman Dan Johnson or pitcher Anthony Carter. The moves leave the White Sox with 37 players on their 40-man roster.
Humber went 5-5 with a 6.44 ERA in 26 games for the White Sox last season, including 10 relief appearances. He was removed from the starting rotation in early August and only appeared in two games after Aug. 31.
Had the White Sox offered Humber a contract, it's believed he would have received at least 1 million in salary if he reached arbitration. That salary, along with an abundance of starting pitchers on-hand, made the White Sox decision to part with Humber easier.
Johnson, who blasted 28 homers at Triple-A Charlotte, also was expected to receive a bump in salary to 1 million or above if the White Sox offered him a new deal. The first baseman was promoted to the majors on Sept. 1 but only accumulated 22 at-bats behind Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko.
Carter went 4-6 with a 4.60 ERA and two saves in 39 games at Charlotte last season. He has a 4.70 ERA and 32 saves in seven minor-league seasons with the White Sox.
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Tim Raines became the 39th former member of the White Sox to be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf released a statement congratulating Raines on his election.
“On behalf of the entire White Sox organization and our fans, I want to sincerely congratulate Tim on today’s election to the Hall of the Fame, the highest and greatest honor bestowed upon a baseball player,” said Jerry Reinsdorf, chairman of the Chicago White Sox. “He played a crucial role on the 1993 division championship team, was a key member of the 2005 World Series-winning coaching staff and provided Sox fans with great memories that will not be forgotten.”
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Frank Thomas, who played with Raines from 1991-95, had high praise for his former teammate.
“Rock was one of my favorite teammates ever,” said Hall-of-Famer and White Sox legend Frank Thomas. “He made the game fun night-to-night and was a great leader in the clubhouse. His humor and hustle always brought the team closer. I’m so glad this has finally happened for one of my favorite people ever.”
Thomas also went on Twitter to express his excitement for Raines heading to Cooperstown.
Ozzie Guillen congratulated Raines as well, saying that it was well-deserved.