UPDATE (12/9/22): According to Tigers beat writer Evan Petzfold, the minor league deal between outfielder Victor Reyes and the White Sox is official. The contract includes a non-roster invitation to Spring Training, as expected.
The White Sox appear to be looking to add depth to their minor-league outfield system.
According to Scott Merkin of MLB.com, the White Sox are in discussions to add former Tigers’ OF Victor Reyes into the fold. He would receive a minor-league contract and a non-roster invitation to Spring Training. Given the details here, it’s likely that this move isn’t too far away from being official.
Reyes, 27, is a career .264/.294/.379 hitter in the major leagues across five seasons with the Tigers. He has been a part-time player across all five of those seasons, though he did play in 57/60 games in the 2020 shortened season. A career switch-hitter, he has underwhelming numbers against both LHP (91 wRC+) and RHP (80 wRC+) while generally being a replacement-level defensive outfielder. He does have a solid arm, rating in the 83rd percentile in arm strength.
Even with this move, the White Sox would still only have one outfielder on their major league roster, so expect this to be purely in the name of depth. This isn’t the sort of deal that would have been made in an attempt to actually improve the major league roster.
However, despite a pretty underwhelming Winter Meetings in terms of actual moves being made to solve the outfield vacancies, apparently, the White Sox were still able to make good progress this week. Time will tell.
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