The White Sox released House on Tuesday. The lefty has pitched exclusively at Triple-A Charlotte this season, supplying a 6.81 ERA, 1.71 WHIP and 24:18 K:BB in 39.2 innings. Once a promising young arm in the Cleveland organization, the 28-year-old House's career has been derailed since he first experienced shoulder problems during in the 2015 campaign. He has pitched just 4.2 innings in the big leagues over the past two-plus seasons and hasn't posted inspiring numbers in the minors during that time either.
House signed a minor-league contract with the White Sox which includes an invitation to spring training, James Fegan of The Athletic Chicago reports. As has been the case in each of the previous three seasons, House spent most of the 2017 campaign in the minors, compiling a 4.32 ERA and 1.59 WHIP across 24 starts (133.1 innings) with Triple-A Buffalo. He enjoyed another brief stint in the majors, allowing one run across a pair of relief appearances (2.0 innings) with the Blue Jays before being designated for assignment and sent back to the minors. House will fight for a spot on the White Sox's Opening Day roster, though he'll more likely open the season as organizational pitching depth.
House has decided to explore free agency, Brandon Warne of The Athletic reports. A starter when he initially emerged from the minor-league ranks, House has most recently worked out of the bullpen in his latest brief stints in the majors. He will attempt to make an impression during spring training to latch onto a major-league roster next season.
House was designated for assignment Sunday. House was promoted to the big leagues Aug. 19 but has made two just relief appearances with the Blue Jays, allowing one run over two innings of work. The 27-year-old held a 4.27 ERA over 130.2 innings as a starter with Triple-A Buffalo this season, as well. He'll report back to Buffalo if he passes through waivers unclaimed.
House was called up from Triple-A Buffalo on Saturday, Arash Madani of Sportsnet.ca reports. House has only appeared in eight major-league games since the beginning of the 2015 season, all coming with the Indians. Throughout 23 starts with Buffalo this year, the left-hander has posted a 4.27 ERA and 1.58 WHIP with a 104:62 K:BB. He will slide into the bullpen with the Blue Jays and figures to be used as a middle reliever.
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