The South Sider's hot stove has been pretty cool of late. But GM Rick Hahn and his pals were back at it on Monday, taking care of some housekeeping.
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The White Sox will not tender a contract to pitcher Dylan Axelrod, ending his stint within the organization. Taken in the 30th round of the 2007 Amateur Draft by the San Diego Padres, 'Axe' has been with the team at different levels since the '09 campaign.
Over the past three seasons, he tossed 198 innings for the Sox over 48 appearances (30 starts). Most notably last year, Axelrod had a spot in the starting rotation for quite awhile, and looked good for some time. But over the long haul, as many had always known, 'Axe' is just a 'AAAA guy.' With that being said, someone like him can always add value to an organization. We wish him the best of luck.
The rest of the team news from Monday came from a couple of Axelrod's former battery-mates: catchers Tyler Flowers and Hector Gimenez.
Flowers and the Sox avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $950,000 contract. After hitting just .195 with a lowly .603 OPS, it's hard to see Tyler becoming the starting catcher once again. He even struggled mightily as a defender in 2013 and is just now (Wed., Dec. 4) getting underway with his rehab of a shoulder injury. This basically just gives the team the option to make him the backup to whomever will be the team's starter come Opening Day.
Another option for the backup catcher job will be Hector Gimenez, who the team brought back via a minor league contract after his stint in 2013. Though he only hit .191 in 68 at bats, he did have his fair share of clutch moments at the plate and is a very capable defender.
Flowers and Gimenez will likely compete, with others too, for the backup catcher role. Neither's deal lock them in to much of anything moving forward with the Sox.
And for what it's worth, it was recently reported that the New York Mets are interested in Tyler Flowers as a backup, though a deal may not be too likely since he wasn't non-tendered.