Yolmer Sánchez going to spring training with Red Sox originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago
Yolmer Sánchez is changing his socks.
Sánchez earned plenty of supporters during his lengthy tenure in the White Sox organization, which included parts of seven big league seasons, thanks to his versatile play, strong defense and joyful antics, most memorably a much loved series of celebratory hijinks involving a Gatorade tub.
He was the first White Sox infielder to win a Gold Glove in two decades, the first since his former manager, Robin Ventura, won six of them during the 1990s.
But the White Sox non-tendered him following that 2019 season, moving on from their award-winning second baseman with an expected raise looming through arbitration for the light-hitting Sánchez and then-prospect Nick Madrigal on the rise.
Sánchez signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants but didn't see major league action during the shortened 2020 season until a reunion with the White Sox, getting into 11 games at the end of the regular season and even making the team's roster for the American League Wild Card Series.
He played 102 games with the Atlanta Braves' Triple-A squad last year but never reached the bigs with the eventual World Series champs.
The folks over at MLB Trade Rumors paint a picture of an uphill battle when it comes to Sánchez's chances of cracking the Red Sox' big league roster out of spring camp. But at least the always upbeat 29-year-old has himself a chance.