Basabe dealt to S.F. for cash

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN, STAFF RE­PORTER dvan­schouwen@sun­times.com | @CST_­sox­van

The White Sox traded out­field prospect Luis Basabe to the Gi­ants on Sun­day for cash con­sid­er­a­tions, a deal that was re­ceived with more than mild lev­els of ex­cite­ment in the Bay Area.

Basabe, who came from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale deal with in­fielder Yoan Mon­cada, right-han­der Michael Kopech and throw-in righty Vic­tor Diaz in De­cem­ber 2016, was a top-10 Sox prospect head­ing into the 2019 sea­son.

“This is what makes [Gi­ants pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions] Farhan [Zaidi] and [general man­ager] Scott [Har­ris] so good at what they do,” Gi­ants man­ager Gabe Kapler said. “[They] bring in a guy who slots im­me­di­ately into our top-prospects list with­out giv­ing up too much in re­turn. Basabe is tooled up. This is a guy with arm strength and speed.”

A switch hit­ter with cen­ter-field abil­i­ties who was plagued by in­juries in 2017 and 2019, Basabe has a .248/.345/.392 hit­ting line with 44 home runs in seven mi­nor-league sea­sons.

Basabe is now 18th on the Gi­ants’ prospect list, ac­cord­ing to MLB Pipe­line, but the Sox were prob­a­bly pleased to get cash for him at this point.

Basabe made the Sox’ ini­tial 44-man sum­mer-camp ros­ter but got hurt again, this time suf­fer­ing a bruised foot dur­ing camp. He was out of op­tions, and the Sox des­ig­nated him for as­sign­ment Tues­day to make room on the 40-man ros­ter for non-ros­ter spring-train­ing in­vi­tee Brady Lail, a right-handed re­liever called up to plug a void left by in­jured lefty Car­los Rodon.

Lail was DFA’d on Fri­day.

In­jury up­dates

Right-han­der Rey­naldo Lopez threw a bullpen ses­sion Sat­ur­day, and Rodon played catch, hop­ing to throw one in a few days, man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria said.

Both are on the in­jured list with sore shoul­ders, and the Sox, their thin ro­ta­tion not­with­stand­ing, “will be very mind­ful and very care­ful with how we pro­ceed,” Ren­te­ria said.

Left-han­der Aaron Bum­mer (bi­ceps sore­ness) will “be work­ing at the Schaum­burg fa­cil­ity for the next four days. He’s do­ing fine,” Ren­te­ria said.

Des­ig­nated hit­ter Ed­win En­car­na­cion missed his fourth game with in­flam­ma­tion in the SC joint near his left shoul­der. Ren­te­ria said En­car­na­cion, 37, did more ag­gres­sive work in the bat­ting cage Sun­day.

Tim An­der­son close to re­turn

Short­stop Tim An­der­son (10-day IL, groin) has been work­ing at full tilt for a few days and will make the trip to Detroit, where the Sox open a three-game se­ries Mon­day. An­der­son is el­i­gi­ble to come off the IL on Tues­day.

Drew An­der­son DFA’d

Af­ter al­low­ing six runs, in­clud­ing two homers, over 1⅓ in­nings in the Sox’ 7-1 loss to the In­di­ans on Sat­ur­day, the same day he was called up from Schaum­burg, righthande­r Drew An­der­son was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment.

Right-han­der Jose Ruiz, who had a 5.63 ERA in 40 ap­pear­ances last sea­son, was called up.

Ple­sac sent home af­ter Chicago party

Righty Zach Ple­sac, who pitched six score­less in­nings Sat­ur­day, was sent home to Cleve­land af­ter it was learned that he vi­o­lated MLB’s health and safety pro­to­cols by go­ing out in Chicago on Sat­ur­day night, ac­cord­ing to The Ath­letic. Ple­sac, who’s from Crown Point, In­di­ana, is iso­lated from the team and must quar­an­tine for at least three days with daily test­ing be­fore he can re­join the In­di­ans.

NUCCIO DINUZZO/GETTY IM­AGES

Jose Abreu cel­e­brates his home run in the sec­ond in­ning Sun­day against the In­di­ans.

Luis Basabe

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