Garneau was claimed by the White Sox on Thursday, Scott Merkin of MLB.com reports. Garneau will head to Triple-A Charlotte after being designated for assignment by the Athletics on Monday. The 30-year-old catcher figures to provide organizational depth after the suspension of Welington Castillo, although he could receive a promotion to the big leagues if Alfredo Gonzalez or Omar Narvaez fails to step up.
Garneau was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Monday, Stephen Langsam of the Martinez News-Gazette reports. Garneau was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster for catcher Bruce Maxwell. He'll hit the waiver wire, although it seems likely that he'll ultimately head down to Triple-A Nashville after a sluggish start to the season -- Garneau has a disappointing .208/.263/.333 batting line through 22 games.
Garneau was sent to Triple-A Nashville on Thursday, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports. Garneau will head back to the Triple-A level for the beginning of the 2018 season after struggling through spring training, recording just one hit in 15 plate appearances. The 30-year-old played in 41 games at the big-league level in 2017 split between Oakland and Colorado, slashing .188/.272/.312 with two home runs and nine RBI. He will serve as organizational depth moving forward.
Garneau was hitless in a pinch-hit at-bat during Tuesday's 8-2 Cactus League loss to the Dodgers. The journeyman catcher has hit safely just once in 15 spring plate appearances, while fellow backstop Bruce Maxwell has put together an impressive exhibition slate and serves as an opposite-handed option to starter Jonathan Lucroy. The combination paints an ominous picture with respect to Garneau's chances of securing an Opening Day roster spot. Garneau is likely destined to begin 2018 at Triple-A Nashville if he's retained.
Garneau went 1-for-4 with a run in Sunday's season-ending 5-2 win over the Rangers. The veteran catcher slashed just .159/.288/.250 over the 52 plate appearances he logged with the Athletics since an Aug. 4 trade from the Rockies. Garneau is under team control for the next two seasons, but as a journeyman backstop who'll turn 31 during the 2018 campaign, he may serve as no more than organizational depth at Triple-A Nashville while Josh Phegley and Bruce Maxwell man the catcher position at the big-league level.