The Chicago White Sox have signed former Oakland Athletics' shortstop Elvis Andrus, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. The White Sox expect Andrus to join the team in Cleveland Friday ahead of a weekend series against the Guardians.
Who Is Elvis Andrus?
Andrus spent the last two seasons with Oakland. Though recently, he wasn't in the lineup as often as he would have preferred. On the season, he is slashing .237/.301/.373 with eight home runs, 24 doubles, and 30 RBIs across 386 plate appearances.
This move will help the White Sox soften the blow of losing All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson, who suffered a torn ligament in his hand and will be out for close to six weeks. The South Siders have deployed rookie Lenyn Sosa in addition to Romy Gonzalez and Leury Garcia as the primary replacements for Anderson to date. Needless to say, that hasn't worked out well.
Elvis Andrus will provide much-needed experience at the shortstop position, which the Chicago White Sox need if they aspire to make a playoff push. The 33-year-old also brings an average glove to a team that desperately needs better infield defense. A two-time All-Star, Andrus is a career .270 hitter with 87 home runs and 703 RBIs.