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