White Sox Acquire Jake Jessel
By Mary Beth Chisefsky, Sports Editor
June 23, 2025
In a Press Conference this morning, Chicago White Sox General Manager Joe Geoghegan shockingly announced that the team had traded six minor league prospects to the New Jersey Pioneers in the Continental Expansion League.
The following players from various locales amongst the White Sox organization will be packing up tonight and heading to new assignments in the New Jersey organization:
- Shortstop Jorge Castillo – likely to become a third baseman for New Jersey. He can even fill in in center field. He may be the best of the prospects headed to New Jersey
- First Baseman Jeremy Glendenning – He’s 23 and has promise but he hasn’t risen above A ball and first basemen are easy to come by.
- Starting Pitcher Awdia Naeem – Currently injured but he pitched very well at Kannapolis (A) last season.
- Closer Jesus Fusquita – Just 18 and not highly regarded by the White Sox scouting staff.
- Relief Pitcher Jose Zamora – has played consistently well in the lower minors for Chicago, especially in the last couple of years; has promise.
- Relief Pitcher Antonio Ruiz – Just 18 and in the International Complex of the White Sox. There are mixed opinions about his chances for long term success.
After the 2021 season Jessel signed a monster eight-year contract with Miami for $117.5 million. This year he earns $15.5 million which ramps up to $18.0 million by 2029. 2028 and 2029 are team option years with buyouts in the $4.5 million range. New Jersey retains 60% of the entire contract, so Chicago will be on the hook for salaries of $6.2 million to $7.2 million. Those are reasonable amounts for a player of Jessel’s caliber.
Jessel is expected to be in the starting lineup when the White Sox take the field against Kansas City at Kauffman Stadium tonight.