The White Sox made a little bit of noise on the early-season hot stove early Thursday, signing IF Tyler Greene and P Jason Berken to minor league contracts; both of whom have major league experience under their belt.
So, let's get to know the new additions a little bit …
Infielder, Tyler Greene
Tyler Greene is a 29 year-old speedy infielder who can play 2nd base, short stop, and 3rd base as well as all three outfield spots if needed.
Greene has four seasons of big league experience with the St. Louis Cardinals (2009-2011, 2012) and a brief stint last year with the Houston Astros.
His most success came with the 'Stros last year when he had a near full-time gig, hitting .246 with 7 home runs through just 39 games. In fact, he had 11 total home runs last year in 305 at-bats, so the man certainly does have 20+ home run power.
But through 621 at bats, his average is only .224. He'll need to be much more consistent if he wants another real chance in the bigs. But his versatility in the field, much like ex-south sider and current north sider Brent Lillibridge, there will often be at least someone who will have some interest in him.
He'll likely be assigned to AAA Charlotte with the Sox, and could actually serve as the team's no.1 fill-in IF option depending on how he, Steve Tolleson, and Brent Morel all fare in Charlotte.
If he stays around, we'll likely see him with the club in September if not sooner; so remember his name.
Pitcher, Jason Berken
Another 29 year-old added to Buddy Bell's hand is pitcher Jason Berken. Berken appeared in 41 games for the Baltimore Orioles in 2010 and posted a superb 3.03 ERA. Unfortunately, the other three years of his career haven't gone so well.
Obviously, there's really not a ton to say about Berken. He serves merely as insurance as a righty that can come out of the 'pen if ever needed, but is probably behind (at least) Brian Omogrosso, Jhan Marinez, and Ramon Troncoso in the pecking order.
All statistics via ESPN.com