In the next several weeks leading into Spring Training, the White Sox, like every other ball club, will be making some minor moves to fill any small holes they may have throughout the organization. A couple have gone down recently, with one veteran coming in and another low-end prospect heading out.
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The team signed 30 year-old utility man Eric Patterson (pictured above) to a minor league deal. He'll likely fill in for AAA Charlotte so that others that may actually have a place in the organization's future aren't moved around too much or rushed up through the system's ranks.
Patterson is the younger brother of former Cubs standout Corey Patterson. Eric has slashed .217/.294/.343 in 575 big league plate appearances, and was actually a very good bench player for the Oakland A's in 2009. But there's nothing to read into there.
The other move concerned Santos Rodriguez, who was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks.
On his 26th birthday last week, the 6'6 Dominican native was designated for assignment to make room for recent signee Scott Downs on the 40-man roster.
Rodriguez has always been successful as a minor league reliever dating back to 2007 in the Braves' organization. He came to the White Sox' system for the '09 season, where he continued to impress.
Last season, Santos lit up AA Birmingham. He fanned 25 hitters in 23 innings and posted a 2.35 ERA, but struggled once he got sent up to AAA Charlotte. If Arizona can figure out how to get his walks down, they may actually have a solid prospect of a lefty specialist on their hands. If not, his career in the minors won't last much longer.