Goodwin became a free agent Friday after declining an outright assignment to the minors. Goodwin was a serviceable part-time player for the White Sox last season, hitting .221/.319/.374 (good for a 94 wRC+) in 271 trips to the plate while spending time at all three outfield spots. He should be able to latch on somewhere in a similar role this winter but has little upside to be anything more than that given that he's heading into his age-31 season.
Goodwin (back) isn't included on the White Sox's ALDS roster, Bruce Levine of 670TheScore.com reports. Goodwin landed on the 10-day injured list with lower-back spasms in late September, and he won't be available to begin the ALDS. Whether he'll return if the White Sox advance to the ALCS remains to be seen.
The White Sox placed Goodwin on the 10-day injured list with lower-back spasms Sunday. It doesn't appear to be a major injury, so Goodwin figures to be healthy by the time ALDS rosters are set. The outfielder had gone 0-for-17 in his last five games before the injury, and his season-long slash line of .221/.319/.693 is underwhelming. Regardless, Goodwin serves as a valuable depth piece and should be active in the postseason if he's at full health.
Goodwin will serve as the White Sox's designated hitter and will bat ninth Monday against the Tigers. Though he's in the starting nine for the series opener in Detroit, the lefty-hitting Goodwin may have moved into a reserve role at this point. He was on the bench for three of the White Sox's last four games, and two of those absences came against right-handed starting pitchers. Gavin Sheets, Leury Garcia and perhaps even rookie Romy Gonzalez could be ahead of Goodwin in the pecking order for outfield work, and Goodwin's playing time could become even more scarce when Andrew Vaughn (back) returns from the injured list. Goodwin is batting .200 with five extra-base hits in 31 games since the beginning of August.
Goodwin is not starting Tuesday against the Angels, Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago reports . Goodwin will sit for the second game in a row with the Angels sending left-hander Packy Naughton to the mound. Leury Garcia will bat seventh and play right field.