Mazara will get the chance to prove he's an everyday right fielder early in the season, Vinny Duber of NBC Sports Chicago reports. The question of Mazara playing every day is based on the left-handed hitting outfielder's history against left-handed pitching. He's compiled a .231/.272/.361 slash line over four seasons in MLB, suggesting a platoon could be a possibility. "He'll be out there the bulk of the time, obviously," White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said. "Historically he's had some struggles against lefties, but he's now going to get the opportunity, at least early on, to show what he's capable of doing." It looks like Mazara will get the chance early on against both lefties and righties, but if he's overmatched by southpaws, the White Sox have Leury Garcia or Adam Engel to potentially serve as part of a platoon.
Mazara is slashing .364/.462/.545 with two extra-base hits, five RBI and five runs scored in nine Cactus League games. Mazara is enjoying a nice spring, riding a six-game hitting streak as he prepares for his first season with the White Sox after spending seven years in Texas' organization. The former Ranger will be the everyday starter in right field and figures to slot in at sixth or seventh in the batting order.
Mazara said he's fully healthy heading into spring training, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. Mazara apparently only recently recovered from a thumb injury that he suffered during the 2018 season, which he partially blames for some of his struggles over the past season and a half. Through his first four big-league campaigns (537 games), the 24-year-old is hitting .261 with 79 home runs.
Mazara signed a one-year, $5.56 million deal with the White Sox on Friday, avoiding arbitration, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports. The 24-year-old was traded from the Rangers to the White Sox exactly one month ago, and he's now officially under contract for 2020 with his new team. Mazara had an up-and-down 2019 season while dealing with multiple injuries and posted a .268/.318/.469 slash line with 19 home runs and 66 RBI in 116 games. He could end up being a platoon option if he's unable to improve his numbers against southpaws (.646 OPS last season).
The Rangers agreed to trade Mazara to the White Sox on Tuesday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports. Mazara endured an up-and-down 2019 campaign with multiple injuries but will now get a fresh start in Chicago. The 24-year-old had a .268/.318/.469 slash line with 19 home runs and 66 RBI in 116 games, but his outfield defense continues to be subpar. Mazara should be an option in right field and at designated hitter as the White Sox attempt a push toward contention in the AL Central, having also added Yasmani Grandal this offeason. According to T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com, minor-league outfielder Steele Walker is heading back to the Rangers in the deal.
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