Good evening to all of my fellow White Sox Fans, sorry for the lack of posts lately, finals week is approaching for me and my classes and I work retail, so combine the two and you get close to no writing time.
Let’s get down to business now.
The Lord has heard my prayers, and the White Sox for now have closed the book on the Avisail Garcia era on the south side of Chicago. I say for now because they could always re-work a cheaper deal for Avi and have him come back, and knowing the White Sox, I could see that happening. For now, I’ll celebrate with great joy. Garcia compiled a 0.8 WAR (wins above replacement) over his tenure and was continuously disappointing year in and year out for the team. He was either hurt, underachieving, or was just getting lucky, so I’m happy to see him go. Thanks for nothing but empty promises Avi.
The second non-tender from the team came as a bit more of a surprise to me, as Matt Davidson was also given the boot from the roster. The defensively challenged slugger also finds himself out on the free agent market after only clubbing 20 homers in a disappointing offensive season for the team after what seemed to be a promising opening day for Davidson when he clubbed 3 homers against Kansas City. I liked Matt a whole lot more than Avisail, and hope a rebuilding team will sign him and let him chase his quest to become the second 2-way player in the Majors next to Shohei Ohtani. Thank you for the memories Matty D, I will always appreciate your dry sense of humor paired with Jason Benetti’s cracking postgame, so long.
The third major move of the day is the most telling for the Sox, as they sold high on Omar Narvaez’s stock, sending him to the rapidly churning Seattle Mariners organization for reliever Alex Colome. Colome has been one of the most solid relievers in two of the toughest divisions in baseball ( AL East & West) over the past two and a half seasons between the Tampa Bay Rays and Mariners organizations. “Matt, they needed bullpen help, they did the same thing with Soria and every other bullpen guy the past two years.” False! Colome is just under elite, and only has two seasons of control left on his contract. Why would a team like the White Sox trade 4 years of a young catcher that had a career year for only two years of someone that seems to be their leading candidate for the closers job? The answer is this: because they expect to be better each of the next two years. This move only seems to be the first of many, especially looking at letting go of two guys that aren’t going to be a part of the next championship winning club.
Another thing to take note of is the Cleveland Indians sending starting catcher Yan Gomes to the Nationals, receiving back a lone outfield prospect. Cleveland has also been in the middle of trade rumors involving star pitchers Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco, and Trevor Bauer as the small market club tries to shed payroll to keep their contention window open. I implore Rick Hahn to pay attention to what Mike Chernoff and the Indians do this offseason, and if there is any steps backward to step on the gas pedal and push this thing along a little more. Let’s see if we can make the Tribe sweat a little. Eloy’s close, Cease is close, Collins, Burdi, Dunning, and Savala could all realistically be here soon too, so let’s make a little push if the Indians need to re-work their checkbook.
Ah yes, the Stove is Hot.