White Sox sign Billy Hamilton, Victor Reyes to minor-league deals

The outfielders have invites to spring training.

SHARE White Sox sign Billy Hamilton, Victor Reyes to minor-league deals
White Sox outfielder Billy Hamilton slides into third base against the Oakland Athletics in a 2021 game.

White Sox outfielder Billy Hamilton slides into third base against the Oakland Athletics in a 2021 game.

Jeff Chiu/AP

Andrew Benintendi is the White Sox’ top free agent prize this offseason, a $75 million addition for five years that should shore up the outfield for 2023 and beyond.

But the Sox also added two experienced outfielders to the potential mix for 2023 in Billy Hamilton and Victor Reyes, who have been signed to minor league deals with invitations to spring training.

A career .239 hitter with 324 stolen bases, Hamilton, 32, had one hit in 20 at-bats in 2022 and was 10-for-11 in stolen bases for the Marlins and Twins. He batted .220/.242/.378 in 71 games for the Sox in 2021, providing occasional spark off the bench for a team that won the AL Central Division. Hamilton and Reyes can play all three outfield positions.

Reyes, 28, batted .264/.294/.379 in 394 games over five seasons with the Tigers. A switch-hitter, he batted .254/.289/.362 with three homers in 93 games in 2022.

The Sox’ 40-man roster currently lists four outfielders — Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, Andrew Vaughn and Gavin Sheets. But Vaughn is expected to play first base in 2023 following Jose Abreu’s exit, and Jimenez figures to be used primarily as a designated hitter. Benintendi will be added when his signing is announced.

Benintendi’s contract is the largest in Sox history, surpassing the $73 million, four-year deal Yasmani Grandal signed before the 2020 season.

The Latest
Aunque Peso Pluma no actuó, hizo una breve aparición en el after party oficial de Sueños en The Mine.
A 43-year-old man was shot in the 8000 block of South Stewart Avenue at about 8 a.m., police said.
El titular del sábado y los pocos actos del domingo definieron el Festival Sueños 2024.
The man, whose age wasn’t known, was in the 1400 block of South Sacramento Drive about 6 a.m. when he was shot multiple times, police said. He died later at Mount Sinai Hospital.
The 23-year-old man was in a second-floor apartment in the 300 block of North Long Avenue about 1:30 a.m. when he was stabbed in his abdomen and chest by two men who were known to the victim, police said.