White Sox trade Gload to Royals for Sisco

Updated: December 16, 2006, 5:23 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- First baseman-outfielder Ross Gload was traded by the Chicago White Sox on Saturday to the Kansas City Royals for reliever Andrew Sisco, a 6-foot-10 left-hander coming off a difficult season.

Sisco has a 3-8 record and 4.85 ERA in 132 games the last two seasons with Kansas City. He was 1-3 with a 7.10 ERA in 65 games last year, slipping from his first season when he went 2-5 with a 3.11 ERA.

White Sox general manager Ken Williams said Sisco is working on his technique in Mexico.

"There's a mechanical issue or two that hopefully by now, by going down to winter ball, he's gotten himself straightened out," Williams said.

He added that the White Sox plan to talk with Sisco to decide if he wants to remain in the bullpen -- where he might help immediately -- or try to be a starter, which could mean he'd go to Triple-A.

The 23-year-old Sisco was originally chosen by the Cubs in the second round of the June 2001 draft and was a Rule 5 selection by the Royals in December 2004.

Gload batted .327 with three home runs and 18 RBIs in 77 games with the White Sox in 2006. Last month he agreed to a one-year, $625,000 contract with Chicago.

"I've always believed Ross could play every day," Williams said. "I'm happy with the opportunity he's going to get with Kansas City. I hope he doesn't come back and beat us, but I'm not going to be surprised if he gets a key hit for them once we play against them."

Gload, a left-handed batter, hit .308 with 10 homers and 67 RBIs over three seasons as a backup for the White Sox. He's also been with the Chicago Cubs and Colorado.

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