The White Sox, a team that has lost 20 of its past 27 games, announced Friday that 37-year-old shortstop Jimmy Rollins had been designated for assignment.
The Sox in turn called up shortstop Tim Anderson from Charlotte to take Rollins’ place on the roster.
The 2007 National League MVP became the third Sox player to be DFAd this season, and the second in two days. The White Sox cut ties with right-handed pitcher Mat Latos on Thursday and in early May sent veteran left-handed starter John Danks packing.
Rollins’ DFA was brought to him by the numbers .221 (average), .295 (on-base percentage), .329 (slugging percentage) and .624 (OPS). He had two home runs and eight RBIs in 41 games with the White Sox. He hadn’t been any better on defense, where he had minus-3 defensive runs saved, according to fangraphs, which put him 21st among 30 shortstops with at least 250 innings in the field.
Anderson, 22, was the White Sox’s first-round pick in 2013 and is the franchise’s top-rated prospect. The Tuscaloosa, Ala., native was batting .304 with four home runs, 20 RBIs and 11 stolen bases in 55 games for Charlotte. He’s made 10 errors in 263 chances this season.
He said before the season his focus was improving defensively, which he worked with Rollins to do.
“I work on defense way more than I work on hitting,” Anderson said. “I love to hit. I don’t really work on hitting a lot. … . Just get up there and hit, be clear-minded about it.”
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