White Sox signed right-handed reliever Yacksel Rios for a minor league deal, according to transaction tracking at MLB.com. The ongoing trade lockout and trade freeze don’t stop teams and players from agreeing to tournament mini-contracts.
Rios was selected by the Phillies in the 12th round of the 2011 draft and made his major league debut with the Phils in 2017. After two seasons at Philly, he was declared exempt by the Pirates in 2019 but has since been released. immediately disqualified. the 2020 season. 2021 saw Rios sign a minor league deal with the Rays, traded to Seattle, selected for the major leagues, then traded to Boston.
Overall, Rios has 96 2/3 career games in the major leagues over the past 5 seasons, with an ERA of 5.77, 21% hit rate and 11.5% walk rate, all with slightly below the league average. He ended 2021 on a pretty positive note, as he had an ERA of 3.70 with the Red Sox in 24 innings of 1/3. However, his strike and walk rates are still close to his career mark, at 21.4% and 14.3%, respectively, during that time period. That coincided with a .169 BABIP for Rios during his time in Boston, indicating a potentially unsustainable low ERA, and the Red Sox appointed him to duty in September.
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