White Sox don’t offer contracts to Matt Davidson, Avisail Garcia
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The White Sox agreed to terms on a one-year, $1.55 million contract with switch-hitter Leury Garcia on Friday and declined to tender contracts to infielder Matt Davidson and outfielder Avisail Garcia, making both of them free agents.
The remaining unsigned players have been tendered contracts for next season, including first baseman Jose Abreu, the team said.
With those moves, the Sox’ 40-man roster decreased to 37.
Leury Garcia, who was acquired in a trade with the Rangers in 2013, hit .271 (70-for-258) with four home runs, 32 RBI and 12 stolen bases in 82 games last season. He played left field (40 games), center (26), right (16), second base (seven), shortstop (six) and third (1).
The Sox also bolstered their bullpen, acquiring Alex Colome from the Mariners for catcher Omar Narvaez. Colome went 5-0 with a 2.53 ERA in 47 relief appearances last season.
“We view Alex as a terrific addition to our bullpen given his experience in a number of relief roles, including closing very successfully for Tampa Bay in 2016-18 before moving into a setup role with the Mariners,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “Alex is going to be a very important bullpen piece for Ricky and our team over the next couple of years.”
Colome — a native of the Dominican Republic who will turn 30 on Dec. 31 — started the season with the Rays, going 2-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 23 relief appearances. He and outfielder Denard Span were traded to the Mariners in May for prospects.
Colome was an All-Star in 2016, when he had 37 saves. The next season, he led the majors with 47 saves.
Narvaez was one of the Sox’ only offensive weapons in their 100-loss season. He had a slash line of .275/.366/.429 (77-for-280) with nine home runs, 30 RBI and 30 runs scored.