Cody Asche missed the first two months last season while he recovered from an oblique injury that he suffered in spring training. He was given a chance to run with the starting job in left field when he returned to the majors in June, but hit just .213 with four homers and a .643 OPS over 57 games before being sent back to Triple-A. He returned in September, making just a handful of starts. At this point, it is clear the Phillies no longer view Asche as a potential regular. He played some at first base and third base in Triple-A in addition to left field as he attempts to make himself into a decent bench option. Asche signed a minor league contract with the White Sox and will get a chance to compete for a roster spot in spring training.
Asche went 2-for-3 with a home run in Saturday's game against the Indians. The homer was the fourth of the spring for Asche, who is hitting .316/.469/.763 in 38 spring at-bats. A non-roster invitee, Asche is making a big push for an Opening Day roster spot. He can play the corner spots in the infield and outfield, which makes him an ideal solution for backing up Melky Cabrera in left field and Todd Frazier at third base.
Asche doubled and walked in Saturday's game against the Dodgers, raising his spring line to .364/.563/.909 through 22 at-bats. Asche was caught off-guard when the Phillies non-tendered him during the offseason, but he's pleased to have landed in an organization that has some roster spots available. His ability to play the corner infield and outfield spots could earn him a place on the Opening Day roster. If the White Sox eventually trade left fielder Melky Cabrera or third baseman Todd Frazier, opportunities for regular at-bats open up for a player with the position background of Asche.
Asche signed a minor league contract with the White Sox on Friday, Matt Eddy of Baseball America reports. Asche put up a career .240/.298/.385 line in four years with the Phillies and is now 26 years old, so there's not much ceiling to be found here beyond a bench bat. Regular plate appearances are likely to be a rarity, though the retooling White Sox are in exactly the position to give him a shot if he begins hitting like a legitimate starting corner outfielder.
Asche was non-tendered by the Phillies on Friday, making him a free agent. Asche was already designated for assignment earlier Friday, so it's not a surprise the Phillies are cutting ties with him. He'll go looking for a team seeking depth at the corners.
Asche was designated for assignment by the Phillies on Friday. Asche's stock fell after yet another disappointing season at the major league level, as his .213/.284/.350 slash line led to him being usurped of a regular role in the big leagues. The 26-year-old was expected to be non-tendered anyway, so it seems his time in the organization is nearing its close. One thing he does have going for him is defensive versatility, as he has experience in the corner outfield spots and at the hot corner, although this will likely only put his ceiling to that of a major league reserve.