Chicago White Sox Trade Jennings for Rays' Casey Gillaspie

Rufina Vignone
Luglio 27, 2017

The White Sox made their fourth trade in 15 days Thursday when they sent left-handed reliever Dan Jennings to the Rays for minor-league first baseman Casey Gillaspie.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Jennings, the Rays designated for assignment RHP Diego Moreno, who had just been activated from the DL and optioned to Durham.

Jennings, 30, is expected to join the Rays in NY for the opening of their four game series against the Yankees.

Jennings, 30, is 3-1, 3.45 in 48 games this season for the White Sox, and is tough on lefty hitters, holding them a.169 average and.497 OPS. He went 9-7 with a 3.12 ERA and 130 strikeouts in 165 games over three seasons with the Sox after being acquired from Miami in December 2014 in exchange for pitcher Andre Rienzo. His 48 appearances this season are the most among American League lefties and are tied for second among all AL relievers, one shy of Bryan Shaw (Indians). Not surprisingly, his ground ball rate this season is 58.5 percent, according to FanGraphs, which ranks sixth in the AL (min. 40 IP). He owns a 2.86 ERA over six major league seasons.

Two years later the White Sox reflect their new philosophy through another Gillaspie, this time 24-year old first baseman Casey.

Jennings is earning 1.4MM in his first season of arbitration and is under team control through the 2019 season. He was named the Minor League Player of the Year by the club's Baseball Operations department.

The Rays also announced, as expected, that RHP Austin Pruitt has been added to the taxi squad and will start on Friday in place of injured RHP Jake Odorizzi.

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