White Sox Sign 8-Year Major League Veteran

The Chicago White Sox are looking for a little depth in the outfield, and to that end, they've added an eight-year major league veteran to the fold, agreeing to a minor league deal with Stephen Piscotty. 

The former St. Louis Cardinal and Oakland Athletic has a career OPS+ mark of 104, making him four ticks above major league average. However, he's been racked by injuries and poor performance over the past few seasons, batting just .190 for A's last year in 42 games. 

The now-32-year-old was a first-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2012 (36th overall) and looked like he would live up to that billing for a couple of years. His rookie season in 2015 saw him hit .305 with an .853 OPS. His second year in St. Louis was also strong, with 22 homers, 85 RBIs and an .800 OPS. 

He arrived in Oakland in 2018 and put up another impressive season, blasting 27 dingers with 88 ribbies and an .821 OPS. But it's been a steady decline since then, all the way to last year's .593 OPS with five longballs.

There's no room in the major league outfield for Piscotty with the White Sox at the moment, but he's reporting to their Triple-A affiliate the Charlotte Knights, where he'll try to win his way back to the bigs in a backup role with the ChiSox. 

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