White Sox Add to 40-man Roster; Part Ways with Omar Vizquel
The White Sox filled up the 40-man roster ahead of the Rule 5 Draft and parted ways with minor league manager Omar Vizquel.
The White Sox announced a flurry of roster moves on Wednesday.
These moves essentially protect these players from being drafted in December’s Rule 5 Draft. These seven moves brought the 40-man roster back up to an even 40, but that will fluctuate some more before the Rule 5 Draft.
Zack Burdi, Dane Dunning, Jimmy Lambert, and Bernardo Flores Jr. all missed significant time in 2019 due to injuries. Blake Rutherford had a down year in AA Birmingham but looks to find his way to Charlotte, a more hitter-friendly ballpark, next spring. Matt Foster posted a 3.76 ERA in AAA Charlotte as a reliever, and he could contribute as soon as opening day in 2020. Finally, one of the fanbase’s favorite prospects was kept safe: Yermin Mercedes. Mercedes slashed .310/.386/.647 with 17 HRs and 62 RBIs in only 53 games with Charlotte last year. His position is catcher, but he most likely won’t find a home behind the plate in the big leagues. No matter where he plays, the kid will be hitting TANKS.
Along with the roster moves, several White Sox beat writers confirmed that the White Sox and AA Birmingham manager Omar Vizquel have parted ways.
Vizquel was a hot name among White Sox Twitter to become the next manager after Ricky Renteria. I was one of those who thought his defensive wizardry and knowledge would make him a welcome sight as White Sox manager. Alas, the White Sox and Vizquel decided to part ways in what is a perfectly fine move for both sides. The White Sox will give Ricky a shot to manage a contender, and Vizquel will continue on his journey to becoming an MLB manager in a different organization.
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