The White Sox have reportedly added some depth to their outfield.
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
The #WhiteSox have signed free agent outfielder Brandon Guyer to a minor league contract with an invite to Spring Training. Guyer, 33, hit .206 with seven home runs in 103 games with the Indians in ‘18. Hit .333 in 70 games for AL Champion Indians in 2016
— Jason Kinander (@JasonKinander) February 6, 2019
Drafted by the Cubs back in 2007, Guyer was sent to the Rays as a part of the Matt Garza trade and made his big league debut in 2011, staying with the Rays before getting traded to the Tribe during the 2016 season.
That campaign was a good one for him, and he finished with a .372 on-base percentage and a major league leading 31 hit by pitches. During his three-season stint with the Indians, Guyer slashed .241/.336/.373 in 211 games. He comes to the White Sox the owner of a .339 career on-base percentage.
Guyer has plenty of major league experience under his belt, and he figures to provide some depth for the White Sox, who dipped into the minor leagues for reserve outfielders throughout the 2018 season. He's been mostly a corner outfielder in his big league career but has played a little center field, as well.
Could Guyer work his way onto the Opening Day roster? It would figure to take quite a productive spring to make that happen.
The outfield puzzle is a tricky one, with only top prospect Eloy Jimenez seeming a sure thing, and he's unlikely to be on the Opening Day roster as the White Sox are expected to wait a few weeks to promote him to the major leagues. Offseason acquisition Jon Jay seems destined for an everyday role, though his versatility means it might not come at one position. Adam Engel was a Gold Glove finalist in center field last year, but he's struggled offensively. Daniel Palka hit 27 home runs as a rookie last season, but he's struggled defensively. Leury Garcia seems a logical bench option given his ability to play six different positions. Nicky Delmonico is part of the 40-man roster, but he's coming off a disappointing 2018 campaign.
Now add Guyer to that mix.
The one certainty? It'll probably take all spring and then a few weeks into April to figure out what the White Sox everyday outfield looks like.