White Sox sign Brandon Guyer to minor-league deal

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Cleveland Indians’ Brandon Guyer reacts after being hit by a pitch, forcing in the go-ahead run, during the ninth inning of a game against the White Sox in 2017, in Chicago. (AP)

The White Sox and outfielder Brandon Guyer have agreed to a minor league deal with an invite to major league spring training.

Guyer, 33, batted .206/.300/.371 with seven homers and 20 RBI in 192 plate appearances for the Indians in 2018.

Guyer, who owns a .250/.339/.388 hitting line over seven major league seasons, saw his production drop the last two seasons. He may be best known for getting hit by pitches — he was plunked 24 times as a Tampa Bay Ray in 2015 and 31 times with the Rays and Indians in 2016.

After he batted .333/.438/.469 in 38 games with the Indians in 2016 and appeared against the Cubs in all seven games of the World Series, the Indians signed Guyer to a two-year extension worth $5 million guaranteed. The club did not pick up its option for 2019, making Guyer a free agent.

With the start of spring training one week away, the Sox have Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, Jon Jay, Leury Garcia and Daniel Palka filling a thin outfield depth chart, with top prospect Eloy Jimenez poised to make his major league debut in April.

Luis Basabe and Ryan Cordell will also be in camp.Guyer is primarily a corner outfielder, but he does have experience in center field. With stronger numbers against left-handers (career .824 OPS compared to .620 against righties), he could compete for a platoon role; otherwise, he’ll likely be called on to provide depth at Class AAA Charlotte. Guyer will make $1.6 million if he makes the team, according to USA Today.NOTE: Right-hander Michael Kopech participated in his first throwing session since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year in a workout at the Sox’ spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz.

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