White Sox claim infielder Mike Olt off waivers from Cubs
KANSAS CITY - The Chicago White Sox have claimed infielder Mike Olt off waivers from the Chicago Cubs. Olt, who was designated for assignment by the Cubs on August 31, is expected to join the White Sox major-league roster in the coming days.
Olt, 27, made the Cubs Opening Day roster this season but appeared in just six games due to a fracture in his right wrist. He was 2-15 with a home run and RBI before being placed on the disabled list on April 17. The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Olt hit .273 (60-220) with 16 doubles, nine home runs and 25 RBI over 62 games between Class AA Tennessee and Class AAA Iowa in 2015.
Olt, a native of New Haven, Conn., appeared in 89 games with the Cubs in 2014, hitting .160 (36-225) with eight doubles, 12 home runs and 33 RBI. He was acquired from Texas as part of a six-player trade on July 22, 2013. Olt played in 111 career games between the Cubs and the Rangers (2012, 2014-15), batting .158 (43-273) with 13 home runs and 39 RBI. He has appeared in 63 games at third base, 20 at first and two in right field lifetime.
He originally was selected by Texas with a supplemental pick in the first round (49th overall) in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Connecticut.
Following the claim, the White Sox will have 30 players on the active roster and the 40-man roster moves to 39.