With Saladino playing well, White Sox trade Gillaspie

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CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 26: Conor Gillaspie #12 of the Chicago White Sox dives for a hit off the bat of Evan Longoria #3 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the eighth inning on April 26, 2013 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)

CHICAGO – For three years the White Sox looked to him as a possible long term solution at third base.

Acquired from the Giants in a trade in February of 2013, Conor Gillaspie had two-and-a-half seasons to earn the position. It seemed like he might have done that last year when he batted .282 and improved his fielding percentage at third by .20 points.

But Gillaspie’s standing with the franchise changed in 58 games in 2015. Friday it came to an end, perhaps, due to ten strong contests from his possible replacement.

Stuck in a slump and demoted to Triple A on July 19th coupled with the emergence of Tyler Saladino at the position, the White Sox traded Gillaspie to the Angels on Friday in exchange for cash considerations.

This clears the way for Saladino at third base for the rest of the season and his play may have hastened Gillaspie’s exit from the organization. Making his major league debut on July 10th, the third baseman has batted .282 with two homers and five RBI’s in his first two weeks.

Another key component to his early play is his fielding. In ten games he’s yet to make an error while playing nine at third and one contest at shortstop. A 7th-round draft pick in 2010, Saladino has started his major league career off quickly despite being 11 months removed from Tommy John surgery.

His play didn’t help the future of Gillaspie who struggled during a 2015 to forget on the south side. He batted just .237 with just 15 RBI’s-both well of the pace of his strong 2014 campaign. Gillaspie also committed 12 errors in 52 games-the exact number he had during his 127 at the position last year.

Gillaspie was the White Sox’s future for a little bit at the hot corner. But his seat got hot when a young rookie did and led to his return to California on Friday.

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