Sox Officially Sign Jon Jay, DFA Charlie Tilson

Jon Jay brings the White Sox "a professional at-bat," Rick Hahn says.

January 10, 2019 - 3:40 pm
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(670 The Score) After making their one-year, $4-million signing of outfielder Jon Jay official Thursday, the White Sox designated outfielder Charlie Tilson for assignment in a corresponding move.

Jay, 33, has career marks of a .285 batting average and .352 on-base percentage. He split time between the Royals and Diamondbacks in 2018, hitting .268 with three homers, 40 RBIs, 74 runs, .330 on-base percentage and .678 OPS in 143 games.

"He brings a great deal not only with his versatility but his ability to give us a professional at-bat, play multiple outfield positions, play quality defense at multiple outfield positions as well as is a very strong presence in the clubhouse in terms of the amount of energy he brings and the professional and influence he has on younger players," general manager Rick Hahn said. "So we were very pleased to add him."

Jay is also a close friend of star free agent Manny Machado, whom the White Sox have aggressively pursued. The White Sox have formally made Machado an offer. Those two and White Sox first baseman Yonder Alonso, who's Machado's brother-in-law, frequently work out together in the offseason.

Hahn downplayed the Jay signing as having anything to do with his relationship with Machado.

"Much has been made of his relationships with other players and other potential free-agent targets," Hahn said. "I can certainly tell you that we signed Jon Jay, and he's been on our target list all offseason as well as other offseasons for what he brings on and off the field, not because of his relationships with any other specific targets."

Tilson, 26, hit .264 with 11 RBIs and seven runs in 41 games for the White Sox in 2018, when he spent the majority of the season at Triple-A Charlotte, where he hit .244 in 67 games.