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White Sox Make Surprising Decision on Yermin Mercedes' Future

Adam Taylor McKillop
The Chicago White Sox made a surprising decision on Yermin Mercedes' future with the team.
The Chicago White Sox made a surprising decision on Yermin Mercedes' future with the team. / Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago White Sox designated hitter Yermin Mercedes got off to a ferocious start during his rookie campaign. The slugger hit better than .400 in the month of April 2021, and even brought a .311/.366/.480 slash line into June.

Mercedes' future with the team turned uncertain heading into the 2022 season. The 29-year-old began the year sidelined after undergoing hand surgery in March, and since made his season debut with Triple-A Charlotte in May.

In a somewhat interesting turn of events, the White Sox made a strong decision on Mercedes' future with the team on Sunday.

Yermin Mercedes DFA

Chicago officially designated Mercedes for assignment on Sunday, in order to make room catcher Seby Zavala and Tanner Banks on the active roster.

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The second half of Mercedes' rookie campaign stirred with drama. The first incident brought Mercedes backlash for smacking a home run off Minnesota Twins utility player Willians Astudillo on a 3-0 count during an 11-run blowout. Tony La Russa did not mince his words in criticism for breaking this unwritten rule of baseball.

Mercedes was eventually optioned to the minor leagues, where he responded with a bizarre decision to step away from the game of baseball.

Ultimately, White Sox fans understood that Mercedes' lack of defensive prowess left him without a clear-cut spot on the MLB roster. He's played only three games in the field, two behind the plate and one on first base, during his 69 MLB appearances. The other 63 came at DH.

Chicago has one week to either trade Mercedes or allow him to pass through waivers. Regardless, this is the apparent beginning of the end to his tenure in Chicago.

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