White Sox, Blue Jays swap waiver claims

GENDALE, Ariz. -- In what essentially turns out to be a trade, the Chicago White Sox lost minor league first baseman Andy Wilkins to a waiver claim by the Toronto Blue Jays two days after the White Sox claimed pitcher Kyle Drabek from Toronto.

With the White Sox needing room on their 40-man roster for potential additions such as Micah Johnson and Geovany Soto, the move to take Wilkins off the 40-man roster and try to slip him through waivers was not unexpected.

In fact, the Wilkins move was anticipated the moment the White Sox acquired infielder Neftali Soto a week ago in exchange for cash from the Cincinnati Reds.

The Wilkins-Drabek exchange via the waiver wire gives the two moves a trade feel. Drabek threw a bullpen session for White Sox coaches Sunday and is expected to make the Opening Day roster as a reliever.

Wilkins parlayed a monster season at Triple-A Charlotte last year into a September call-up. He hit an International league-leading 30 home runs for the Knights with 85 RBIs. He played in 17 games for the White Sox in September, collecting six hits with two RBIs.