Former Dodgers infielder (and reliever) Hanser Alberto has been designated for assignment by the Chicago White Sox. The team announced it among a series of roster moves on Friday morning.
Alberto, who spent the 2022 season with LA, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox and earned himself a spot on the Opening Day roster. He appeared in 30 games with Chicago this year, slashing .220/.261/.390 with three home runs and 16 RBIs. He also appeared in two games as a blowout reliever, sporting a 21.60 ERA in 1.2 innings pitched.
With Elvis Andrus returning from the injured list, the White Sox felt it was time to move on from Alberto, who will now head to waivers looking for a new home.
The 30-year-old has turned into a solid bench presence, but has struggled to hit like he did in past years in his career.
In Alberto’s best season with the Baltimore Orioles in 2019, he hit a career-high .305 with 12 home runs and 51 runs batted in.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of market there is for Alberto, who was only able to sign a minor league deal heading into the season. He made a great impact on the Dodgers in terms of chemistry off the bench, but they aren’t likely to want to add another player with a sub .230 average.
But then again, Alberto can play shortstop, so you never know what could happen.
We wish the best to Alberto as he heads to waivers. Hopefully he finds a new home and is back to playing baseball soon!
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