The Chicago White Sox signed free agent Johnny Giavotella to a Minor League deal on Saturday. The deal was announced by Chicago’s Double-A Birmingham and Giavotella is expected to continue to play at the Double-A level.
Giavotella was released by the Miami Marlins (of all teams) in early May after Johnny G failed to impress at the Triple-A level. The former Angels’ second baseman hit an unimpressive .214/.289/.250 batting line in 10 games with just one double and a solitary stolen base in 36 plate appearances. Once a key piece in the Angels’ 2015 and 2016 campaigns, Giavotella has yet to appear in a Major League game since a 1-for-10 stint with the Baltimore Orioles in 2017.
The Chicago White Sox have gotten off to the type of start you would expect from the White Sox in 2018. The ballclub is in dead last in the feeble American League Central with an 8-26 record and a .257 winning percentage. With the Sox a full 8 games behind the division leading Cleveland Indians, Giavotella will serve as organizational depth, making this deal a somewhat unimportant one for Chicago, and a shot at a fresh start for Giavotella, who is struggling to keep his Major League career alive.