Who’s Made the Cut? : Cubs/Sox Make Expand Rosters

Both teams called up some unfamiliar faces, as teams expand active rosters to 40-men.

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It’s that time of the year, when the Chicago baseball fans finally get a glimpse into this “Next Year is the Year” they speak of.

Chicago White Sox

The White Sox officially announced recalling pitchers Chris Bassitt, Scott Carroll, Eric Surkamp, outfielder Jordan Danks, infielder Marcus Semien and catcher Josh Phegley from Triple-A Charlotte to their active roster today. For those playing at home, this makes 39 players on the 40-man roster. But the contract they purchased from Charlotte isn’t the one fans were expecting. Enter Michael Taylor. The White Sox traded for Taylor back in early June, where we sent RHP Jacob Sanchez to the A’s for the outfielder. The former top-10 prospect hit .275 at AAA this year, and there is some hope he could provide some solid outfield depth for the Sox. After today’s moves, the White Sox Active Roster sits at 32, and the 40-man roster is finally at 40. It would seem the team is set as fans were expecting to see top prospect Carlos Rodon added to the roster, seeing as he flew through the minor league system this year. It wouldn’t be incredibly surprising if the team started to designate a few players for assignment (I’m looking at you bullpen), but we’ll have to see what the Pale Hose decide to do.

Chicago Cubs

On to the North Side. Cubs fans continue to rejoice to see even more top prospects brought into the majors this week.

As die-hard fans are aware, Arodys Vizcaino was received via trade for Paul Maholm and Reed Johnson back in 2012. After making it through two elbow surgeries, it would seem Vizcaino is finally ready to help out the club. Fans also see some familiar faces in Straily and Lake, and a solid potential backup catcher in Lopez.

The Cubs seem to be a nearly complete (or as complete as a team could hope to be) as they prepare for, what fans hope, a pennant-chasing season.