The White Sox have announced that veteran right-hander Jairo Asencio has been released by Triple-A Charlotte. The 32-year-old Asencio bottomed out this season with an 0-2 record and 6.94 ERA. He had allowed 20 hits in 11 2/3 innings. Ascencio pitched for four different major league teams, but has not reached that level since 2013.
The White Sox made a series of moves as they work toward putting together a 25-man roster. Chicago optioned pitcher Erik Johnson and outrighted pitchers Maikel Cleto and Onelki Garcia to Triple-A Charlotte, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. They reassigned pitcher Jairo Asencio, outfielder Engel Beltre, catcher George Kottaras and pitcher Arcenio Leon to minor-league camp. These moves give the White Sox 28 players left in major-league camp. The 40-man roster is not down to 37.
The White Sox announced Thursday they signed 15 players to minor-league contracts, which included invites to spring training. The 15 players were pitchers Jairo Asencio, Scott Carroll, Jesse Crain, Logan Kensing, Arcenio Leon, J.D. Martin, Brad Penny, Zach Phillips, Joe Savery, catchers George Kottaras and Geovany Soto, infielders Juan Diaz and Andy LaRoche, and outfielders Tony Campana and Michael Taylor.
MyKBO reports that reliever Jairo Asencio will pitch for the KIA Tigers in Korea for the 2014 season. Earlier reports indicated that Asencio was going to play for the White Sox on a minor league deal. Asencio made four appearances with the Orioles in 2013, and he has also played for the Cubs, Indians and Braves.
Baseball America reports that the White Sox signed reliever Jairo Asencio and outfielder Denis Phipps to minor league contracts. Asencio comes from the Orioles' organization, and he recorded 28 saves with a 2.66 ERA for Triple-A Norfolk. Phipps played for the Reds' Triple-A affiliate at Louisville and batted .248 with nine home runs, 49 RBI and 14 stolen bases.
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