José Abreu Declares Free Agency, White Sox Trade Welington Castillo in Flurry of Roster Moves

The White Sox 40-man roster now stands at 32 players

The Chicago White Sox have made a series of roster moves on Thursday, including trading catcher Welington Castillo to the Texas Rangers.

The White Sox acquired infielder Jonah McReynolds from the Rangers in the trade. In low-A ball last season, McReynolds hit six home runs and drove in 32 RBI’s in Spokane, his third season with the club.

Castillo appeared in 72 games for the White Sox last season, hitting 12 home runs and driving in 41 RBI’s. He batted .209, but struck out 74 times in 230 at-bats for the club.

The team also announced that first baseman José Abreu has declared free agency, as did pitchers Ross Detwiler and Iván Nova. Hector Santiago also is set to become a free agent.

In six seasons with the White Sox, Abreu has hit 179 home runs and driven in 611 RBI’s. He had a career year in 2019, driving in a career-high 123 RBI’s and blasting 33 home runs. He also made the All-Star team for the third time in his career.

Abreu has indicated that he wants to stay with the White Sox, but he will also be free to seek a contract with another team should he decide to do so.

The White Sox also announced that they had reinstated four players from the 60-day injured list, including pitchers Ryan Burr, Michael Kopech and Carlos Rodon, as well as outfielder Jon Jay.

In a concurrent move, the White Sox also announced that Jay had declared free agency, leaving him able to sign with any other team.

Finally, pitcher Josh Osich was claimed on waivers by the Boston Red Sox.

After the flurry of moves, the White Sox 40-man roster stands at 32 players.

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