The Chicago White Sox signed former Quad City River Bandits first baseman Justin Morneau to a one-year, $1 million contract, and the Chicago Cubs traded former Peoria Chiefs infielder Arismendy Alcantara to the Oakland Athletics.
Morneau was placed on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to recover from offseason surgery to fix an elbow injury. He played for the River Bandits in 2001, batting .356 with 12 HR and 53 RBI in in 64 games. (In case you’re wondering, the 2001 Midwest League MVP and Prospect of the Year was Adrian Gonzalez, who batted .312 with 17 HR, 37 doubles and 103 RBI in 127 games with the Kane County Cougars.)
In an unrelated move, the White Sox also designated RHP Mat Latos for assignment and ordered a Danish — RHP Tyler Danish — from Double-A. Latos pitched for the Fort Wayne Wizards/TinCaps in 2008 and 2009, cumulatively going 3-3 with a 1.80 ERA, 50 strikeouts and 11 walks in 50 innings.
The Cubs traded Alcantara to the A’s for outfielder Chris Coghlan, who previously played for Chicago in 2014 and 2015. Alcantara played for the Chiefs in 2011, batting .271 with 2 HR and 37 RBI in 99 games.