Maybe you want to sit down first.
In order to activate Jake Peavy from the DL, the White Sox designated Jeff Gray for assignment, which meant putting him on waivers for the whole league to pick at.
Gray was the surprise early-season call-up from amongst the bandoleer of discarded veteran relievers the Sox picked up in Spring Training, and definitely didn't have a lot of buzz from other teams as recently as a month ago. But, apparently his 13.1 IP tenure on the South Side generated enough interest for the Mariners to claim Gray off waivers on Friday.
Another team, actually wanted players from our team. Bask in the validation.
Jeff posted a 2.70 ERA in his limited time in Chicago, and even in the age of advanced metrics and the methods we have for breaking down pitcher performance (like say, his thoroughly replacement-level 4.75 xFIP), this is all that mattered. Gray got results, and no one cared how because he had no job security and no chance of being promoted to higher-leverage situations.
At times, it felt like he deserved better treatment than that. Ozzie stuck Gray out for multiple innings of work in undesirable conditions in games he didn't feel like managing anymore (which, if you really don't care at all about a guy, is admittedly a logical way to utilize him). For all his limitations, the increased life on Gray's on fastball (93 mph) and his improved control (2.7 BB/9) suggested that he really was hurt last season when he was on the other side of town ruining Lou Piniella's life.
As a rule, if you strike under 5 guys per 9 innings--and have less than two no-hitters--it doesn't inspire teams to switch around their plans to keep you on board. While his treatment might seem out of line with his performance, I cannot--and apparently neither could the White Sox--envision a scenario where we will find ourselves regretting our lack of Jeff Gray.
And so he's gone. Good luck, Jeff...everyone knows you're probably better than Tony Pena.