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White Sox sign Michael Chavis to minor league deal

by Jordan Lazowski

The roster shuffling continues for the White Sox.

According to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers, the White Sox have signed utilityman Michael Chavis to a minor-league deal. This was made possible after Chavis opted out of his last contract with the Seattle Mariners just a few days ago. The White Sox have not confirmed the report yet.

Chavis, 28, is a former first-round draft pick of the Boston Red Sox who looked to be on his way to stardom when he made his debut early in 2019. He hit 18 home runs across 95 games, posting a .254/.322/.444 slash line. However, he has never been able to get back to even the 96 wRC+ he posted that season and has found himself bouncing around organizations the last few seasons.

He last played in the major leagues in 2023 with the Washington Nationals, slashing .242/.281/.341 across 96 plate appearances. In Triple-A with the Mariners this season, across 191 plate appearances, he hit .290/.366/.485 with seven home runs.

The affectionately named “Ice Horse” was a fan-favorite in Boston, so hopefully he can re-discover some of his early success. For the White Sox, however, he likely only provides some insurance in the case of future roster shuffling, especially considering the White Sox recently designated Zach Remillard for assignment. Defensive metrics have been split on Chavis over time, with him ranging anywhere from -5 Outs Above Average (OAA) to +3 OAA on a season. He is able to handle 1B, 2B, 3B, and both corner outfield positions.

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