Goins signed a minor-league contract with the Athletics on Monday, which includes an invitation to spring training. Goins became a free agent at the end of October after being outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte, though it didn't take long for him to latch on with a new team. He hit .250 with two home runs and 10 RBI over 52 games with the White Sox in 2019 and has appeared in the big leagues at some point in each of the last seven seasons.
Goins was outrighted to Triple-A Charlotte on Monday and will become a minor-league free agent following the conclusion of the World Series. Goins got into 52 games for the White Sox in 2019, hitting .250/333/.347. His 86 wRC+ was the best mark of his seven-year big-league career, so he'll likely be stuck looking for a minor-league contract heading into his age-32 season.
Goins went 0-for-4 while batting leadoff in Thursday's 7-1 win over Cleveland. Right field in the White Sox's lineup has been a revolving door for much of the season and even more so since Jon Jay (hip) landed on the injury list. After Daniel Palka made a couple of hitless starts there Tuesday and Wednesday, Goins got an opportunity. And with Leury Garcia getting a breather, he slotted in at leadoff. The White Sox have no shortage of mediocre options to play there for the rest of the season.
Goins will start at shortstop and bat second Thursday against the Twins. After serving as the designated hitter and manning right field the previous two days, Goins will cover shortstop for a resting Tim Anderson in the series finale. The DH spot probably represents Goins' most realistic path to an everyday role, as his main competition for those duties, Matt Skole, has posted an underwhelming .526 OPS since being called up from Triple-A Charlotte earlier this month.
Goins entered Sunday's game after Leury Garcia was removed due to a lower leg injury. Goins pinch ran for Garcia and stayed in the game to play left field. With Eloy Jimenez back in the lineup following a hip injury -- he served as the designated hitter over the weekend -- he should slot in at left field after Monday's off day and move Goins further into a depth role, unless Garcia's injury turns out to be serious.