Mazara was non-tendered by the White Sox on Wednesday. This was set to be the final year of arbitration for the 25-year-old outfielder, but he will hit the open market a year early. Mazara is coming off a dreadful shortened season, during which he slashed .228/.295/.294 -- career-low marks in all three ratios. He will likely catch on elsewhere, but the shine has come all the way off for the former top prospect.
Mazara sits for Game 2 of the Wild Card Series against the Athletics on Wednesday. Mazara sits even with a right-hander (Chris Bassitt) on the mound for Oakland. Adam Engel remains in the lineup after going 2-for-4 with a homer in the series opener.
Mazara will be on the bench Tuesday against lefty Jesus Luzardo and the Athletics in Game 1 of the Wild Card Round. Mazara started against just four of the 14 southpaws the White Sox have faced this season. He'll likely be in the lineup for Game 2 against righty Chris Bassitt. Adam Engel starts in right field Tuesday.
Mazara is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Indians. Mazara will cede his spot in the outfield to Adam Engel after starting each of the White Sox's previous five games. With a career-low .578 OPS and a career-worst 31.3 percent strikeout percentage on the season, Mazara has been a disappointment in his first season on the South Side, but Engel nor reserve outfielder Jarrod Dyson appear to be serious threats to his everyday spot in the lineup.
Mazara went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 5-0 win over the Reds. It took 35 games, but Mazara finally connected on his first homer of the year, taking Trevor Bauer deep in the fifth inning for the game's first run. The 25-year-old outfielder has had a rough first season overall in Chicago, slashing a sluggish .223/.298/.295.