White Sox claim Jake Elmore, add two to 40-man roster

White Sox claim Jake Elmore, add two to 40-man roster
November 20, 2013, 2:30 pm
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Vinnie Duber

The White Sox announced Wednesday the claiming of Jake Elmore off waivers from the Houston Astros.

Elmore, a 26-year-old utility man, comes to the Sox after playing in 52 games for the Astros last season. He batted .242 with a .313 on-base percentage and a pair of home runs.

Defensive versatility might be Elmore's biggest strength. He entered the Major League Baseball history books last season when he became 14th player ever to pitch and catch in the same game. He also appeared at every position over the course of his stint with the Astros in 2013.

The year prior — in addition to appearing in 30 games with the Arizona Diamondbacks — he was named a postseason Triple-A All Star after posting a .344 average, a .442 on-base percentage, 30 doubles, 73 RBIs, 93 runs scored and 32 stolen bases with the Reno Aces, Arizona's Triple-A affiliate.

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In addition to bringing Elmore aboard, the Sox announced the addition of a pair of players to the 40-man roster: infielder Carlos Sanchez and outfielder Trayce Thompson.

Sanchez played last season with Triple-A Charlotte and was ranked by Baseball America as the organization's third-best prospect before last season. Thompson spent last year with Double-A Birmingham, ranking third in the Southern League with 78 runs scored and fourth in the league with 74 RBIs.

The White Sox now have 39 players on their 40-man roster.