The White Sox added more outfield depth on Tuesday night when they agreed to a minor league deal with Brandon Guyer. The 33-year-old outfielder was drafted in the 5th round of the 2007 MLB Draft by the Chicago Cubs, but made his MLB debut with the Tampa Bay Rays and most recently played for the Cleveland Indians. Dave Ross was the first to announce the signing and the club has yet to confirm it.
Really excited to announce some #MLB news! #Chicago you’re getting a really good outfielder and better person! @BrandonGuyer just signed a minor league deal with the @whitesox . Great opportunity for BG and grow with this young team. We’ll discuss @SauceAndShram @WatchStadium pic.twitter.com/KlXpXhblgD
— Dave Ross (@drosssports) February 6, 2019
With the Indians in 2018, Brandon Guyer slashed .206/.300/.371 with 7 home runs and 27 RBI’s in 103 games. Those numbers aren’t eye popping, but Guyer will be used as a platoon guy if he is able to make the major league roster. Throughout his career, Guyer is slashing .274/.376/.449 against left-handed pitchers. This signing gives the White Sox a platoon option with Daniel Palka or Nicky Delmonico as both players have struggled against lefties throughout the early parts of their careers.
Defensively, Brandon Guyer isn’t anything special, but he has the ability to play all three outfield spots. He will receive an invite to Spring Training and will have the opportunity to compete with players to grab one of the final roster spots. The White Sox love Adam Engel and his defense, so it would take a pretty impressive Spring for Guyer to be able to grab a roster spot over Engel.
At the very least, this signing will bring out more competition during Spring Training. However, Guyer’s ability to effectively and consistently hit against lefties will make the White Sox take a long look at him before they decide whether or not he will make the roster for the 2019 season. This isn’t one of those sexy signing by any means, but Brandon Guyer would give the White Sox plenty of flexibility if he breaks out of camp with the team.
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