White Sox's first offseason move a no-brainer: Ray Olmedo is outrighted

White Sox's first offseason move a no-brainer: Ray Olmedo is outrighted

When the White Sox took a flyer on Francisco Liriano, they gave up what looks like an up and coming infielder in Eduardo Escobar. As we all know, Liriano didn't pan out the way the Sox had hoped and it's very unlikely they will sign the free agent pitcher.

So, that leaves us without Escobar and the need to upgrade the bench to find someone who can fill his role. We know now it won't be Ray Olmedo, who was promoted to the Sox from Charlotte when Escobar was dealt. He was outrighted by the club today and gained his free agency.

The truth is that no one thought Olmedo would be back. He had a couple of brain cramps during his stay on the South Side and it was apparent he wasn't the answer, a stop-gap at best. I have wondered, however, if the Sox had gone out and gotten a top reserve if it would have made a difference in the final standings. I doubt it, but who knows?

With Escobar fighting for a starting position with the Twins and Olmedo out there for the taking, the one thing we do know is that the Sox brass will do their best to shore up that backup infielder role.

This time let's hope that the Ray Olmedos of the world aren't an option.


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