The White Sox have decided to bring back veteran backup outfielder Dewayne Wise on a 1-year, $700K contract. Wise has been a fan favorite since he made the “perfect catch” to help preserve Mark Buehrle’s perfect game in 2009, leaping over the left-center field wall in US Cellular Field to bring back a would-be Gabe Kapler home run.
Last year, Wise proved to be a very valuable low-profile midseason pickup, as he filled in for injured Alejandro De Aza in center field and the leadoff spot with pretty good competency. In his 224 total at-bats between the New York Yankees and White Sox in 2012, he hit .259 with 8 home runs and 30 RBI. His 20 total XB and 19 stolen bases are very solid numbers given the limited action Wise saw.
Because he can play all three OF positions and is an experienced left-handed bat off of the bench, Wise serves as an asset that any contender could use. Apparently new Sox GM Rick Hahn agrees, as he’s giving the 34 year-old yet another shot at a big league roster.
Wise has played for the Blue Jays, Reds, Braves, Yankees, Marlins, and White Sox since he broke into the MLB in 2000, but at this point, he’ll certainly be remembered as a south sider. I guess it helps that us White Sox faithful are the only ones that will indeed remember him, but hey … let’s give the man some respect.
This move comes at a pretty quiet time in the Sox’ offseason, as the team hasn’t really been too active in the major league market since they resigned Jake Peavy and Gavin Floyd. Expect the next moves to unfold to be regarding the third base and catcher positions, although it’s becoming more and more clear that the team is going to put the catching duties in the hands of Tyler Flowers and move on from AJ Pierzynski.
Kevin Youkilis, Brent Morel, Jeff Keppinger, Eric Chavez, and even Chase Headley and David Wright are names we’ve heard thrown around about third base, but Rick Hahn hasn’t shared his thought process on it in a while. As soon as anything happens, you’ll hear it from @Grab_Some_Bench (Twitter) first!