The Chicago White Sox made a move to strengthen their farm system and perhaps their bullpen. The White Sox signed right hander Jeff Gray on December 21st.
Gray hasn’t seen a lot of time in the MLB. In his five year career he is 7-3 with a 4.99 ERA in 140.2 innings of work. Gray is familiar with the White Sox. He was a member of the White Sox in 2011. He appeared in six games and had a 2.70 ERA in 13.1 innings. He was then designated for assignment.
After the White Sox designated Gray for assignment he was picked up by the Seattle Mariners. Gray had a 4.89 ERA in 35 innings of work for the Mariners.
In 2012 Gray pitched for the Minnesota Twins. In 49 games last year for the Twins, Gray was 6-1 with a 5.71 ERA in 52 innings. Gray struck out 26 batters and walked 22 batters. The 52 innings with the Twins are the most innings that Gray has seen in his five year career.
Gray’s presence mainly strengthens the farm system. Though look for Gray to compete for a spot in the bullpen. If Gray does well in spring training the White Sox would have to at least consider giving him a spot in the bullpen. It will also be nice to see some competition for a bullpen spot.
Gray’s signing shows that Rick Hahn is serious about improving the farm system. It also gives Robin Ventura a veteran right handed pitcher if he needs one.
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