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.
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The leading candidate to be the team’s starting center fielder, Charlie Tilson has been temporarily shut down after he suffered a stress reaction in his right foot.
Tilson suffered the injury while running in a workout on Friday and had an MRI performed on Saturday. A team official said Tilson’s injury isn’t as severe as a fracture but he’d be sidelined for 10 days, at which point he’d be re-evaluated. Acquired last July, the White Sox rookie was already rehabbing from a torn left hamstring that ended his 2016 season early.
The White Sox acquired the New Trier High School product from the St. Louis Cardinals last July in exchange for left-hander Zach Duke. Tilson was immediately called up as the White Sox intended to try him out in center field the rest of the season. But Tilson suffered a season-ending injury in his major league debut while tracking down a fly ball and had surgery several days later.
Tilson had made good progress in his rehab and was a full participant in a hitter’s camp at Camelback Ranch last month. Earlier this week, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Tilson was a top candidate to take over as the club’s starting center fielder if he was healthy.
Is the White Sox clubhouse big enough for two Dan Hayeses?
We're about to find out this spring training as CSN White Sox Insider Dan Hayes covers the team, which includes first base prospect Danny Hayes.
The Sox prospect Hayes battled .250 with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 55 games for Charlotte last season.
The big-league hopeful and White Sox beat reporter spoke with CSN's Chuck Garfien about the similarities the two (don't) have.
No word yet on whether they'll battle the two Rougned Odors and Geovani/Geovany Sotos to an Anchoman-style duel.
Check it all out in the hilarious video above.