The vacancy on the White Sox's 40-man roster lasted three whole days. After outrighting Zach Stewart to Charlotte on Jan. 29, the Sox replaced him with a prospect who fell even further, Lars Anderson.

Anderson's story is familiar for fans who follow the minor leagues. He rose as high as No. 17 on Baseball America’s Top 100 Prospects list at as a 21-year-old in 2009, and it's been all downhill since. After Anderson was mired in a third consecutive unsuccessful season at Triple-A, the Red Sox dealt the first baseman to Cleveland at the deadline. The Indians didn't see anything to get attached to after a disappointing, concussion-shortened stint at Columbus, so they sent him to Arizona as the least significant piece in the eight-player Trevor Bauer trade. Then the Diamondbacks DFA’d him after the Justin Upton trade.

It's a tough three years wrapped up with an especially rough 12 months. But the White Sox gave him a pretty soft landing spot at the end of it all, because there is a major-league opportunity for him if he can make something of it.