NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The White Sox have selected infielder Angel Sanchez in the Rule 5 draft on Thursday morning.
Sanchez hit .320 last season for the Los Angeles Angels Triple-A Oklahoma City club. Sanchez, who played 110 games for the Houston Astros in 2011, will compete for the White Sox open backup infield job next season. Of his 924 defensive appearances in the minor leagues, 815 were at shortstop.
Sanchez, 29, has a career .255.304.308 slash line in 628 plate appearances in the majors. He also has played for the Boston Red Sox and Kansas City Royals.
After they are purchased for 50,000, players selected in the Rule 5 draft are immediately added to a teams 40-man roster. The player also must spend the entire season on a teams active roster and in the major leagues.
A drafting team can waive the player at any time and if he clears waivers he must be offered back to his original club for 25,000.
The White Sox 40-man roster is now at 38, though the team only has one spot open as infielder Jeff Keppingers deal should be finalized early next week.
Sources have confirmed that kids really do say the darndest things.
In a spring training game Sunday afternoon, 6-year-old Brody Chernoff, son of Indians general manager Mike Chernoff, spilled the beans on his dad's prospective moves. Goated by announcer Todd Hamilton, Brody said that his dad was trying to keep Lindor in Cleveland for seven more years.
On one hand, Brody's honesty rivals a young Abraham Lincoln. Not even Adrian Wojnarowski could cultivate a source so honest and to the point. On the other, his dad probably is a little shocked that contract offer leaks are coming from his own family.
Either way, though, hearing that Lindor may be in Cleveland for a while is bad news for the White Sox. The 23-year-old stud shortstop has hit over .300 in his first two big-league seasons. So definitely not someone you want to have in your division for years to come. Oh, plus he's absolutely nasty with the leather.
Cubs fans know all about Lindor's talents, too. The shortstop hit .296 in his first World Series and was almost a key reason the Indians captured the crown. Almost!
Watch the hilarious exchange in the video above.
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