Originally Posted by TDog
My feeling was that if Morel were to be a utility infielder who could serve as a true backup shortstop, as opposed to someone who could play shortstop in a pinch, he would be going back to AAA. At the same time, I belived that developing Morel into a utility infielder would increase his trade value, whatever that might be, and expect that the White Sox would option him with an eye to developing a utility infielder or a more attractive piece in a trade.
I pretty much expected this move when the Sox traded for Gillaspie after picking up Keppinger. It looks like the Sox are going to give Gillaspie his first real shot as an everyday player in the majors (similar to the opportunity Morel had coming into last season), but earlier this offseason it looked to me like Keppinger was going to replace Morel.
When acquired, I imagined Gillespie to be a backup 1B/3B. He seems like the starter now only because Keppinger appears to be injured and possibly not ready to start the season.