White Sox 40-man roster stands at 37 after moves

White Sox 40-man roster stands at 37 after moves
November 30, 2012, 10:34 pm
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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.