Royals Ship Sisco For First Baseman

With back of the rotation starters commanding multi-year, multi-million dollar contracts, White Sox general manager Ken Williams has apparently decided to spend the offseason stockpiling pitching.

On the heels of last week’s trade that brought Gavin Floyd and Gio Gonzalez from the Phillies, the White Sox added lefthander Andy Sisco in a trade with the Royals, sending 30-year-old first baseman/outfielder Ross Gload to the Royals.

Sisco, 23, seemed like a revelation when he went 2-5, 3.11 as a major leage Rule 5 pick for the Royals in 2005. But he regressed last year, going 1-3, 7.10. Control was Sisco’s biggest problem as he walked 40 batters in 58 innings. The Royals recently signed lefthander John Bale to fill the lefty reliever role, one Sisco lost when lefties hit .318/.430/.489 against him last year. At his best, Sisco has a mid-90s fastball and a plus curveball, but his velocity has wavered from appearance to appearance.

Williams said Sisco will compete for a spot in the White Sox bullpen, but if he fails to win a job, he’ll pitch in Triple-A Charlotte’s rotation.

Gload, 30, has been a productive backup first baseman/corner outfielder for the White Sox. When given at-bats in Chicago, he’s been productive. He hit .321/.375/.429 for the White Sox in 2004 and .327/.354/.462 last year. With the Royals he’ll back up Ryan Shealy at first base while also serving as a backup outfielder.

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