White Sox and Dwight Smith Jr. agree minor league deal

The White Sox signed as a defensive player Dwight Smith Jr. to a minor league contract, according to Baseball America’s Chris Helburn-Trinkle. They will be the fourth major league organization for Smith, who is represented by Wasserman.

The son of a former top league player and 1995 world champion Dwight Smith, the youngest Smith was the 53rd overall pick by Toronto in 2011. Ranked between 14th and 28th among the Jays Farmhands each season from 2012-16, per Baseball America, Smith rose to the ground in his first major league look. In a small sample of 104 games from 2017 to 2018, he hit 0.294/.365/.467 and made his way into the team’s off-court mix. This offer helped push the Orioles to trade for Smith in a deal that returned the international bonus allocation to Toronto.

In 2019, Smith’s first season with the O’s, he had 392 marching appearances over 101 games. He made another hot start in Baltimore, starting the year in eight straight games and carrying a hearty .286/.333/.510 batting streak with eight home runs, nine doubles and four steals bases through his first 159 runs. on the plate. Smith looked like a good low-cost pickup at the time, but his racket withered as the season went on. From May 15 through the season finale, he only hit 0.210/.273/.343 through 233 board appearances, and his .22/.306/.365 slash in 72 appearances in 2020 wasn’t much better.

Smith was set for the allotment by Baltimore in August 2020 and was not claimed in the waivers. He was moved to the team’s alternate location in the season that was cut short for the pandemic and became a free agent for the minor league at the end of the season. Smith signed a minor league deal with Cincinnati last winter, but clashed with a .221/.327/.284 slasher in 147 board appearances with affiliate Triple-A before his release.

Now 29 years old, Smith has had great success in the league but hasn’t found much in the way of consistency. He was a .248/.310/.316 hitter in 568 senior league games and a .266/.351/.392 hitter in 1,006 three-time games. It’s unlikely the Sox will view him as a prime candidate to factor in their right field mix next season, but he will be a deep choice who will join an outside corner mix already emerging. Eloy JimenezAnd the Andrew FonAnd the Adam EngelAnd the javen leaves Possibly out of options Maker Adolfo. The South Sides are expected to seek more corner options once the league lifts the current transaction freeze, which will push Smith further down the depth chart.