The White Sox Post Non Waiver Trade Deadline + Possible Aug/Offseason Trade Candidates
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Thursday, August.08, 2013
1st part by Brian Madsen (MLB Reports White Sox Correspondent Follow @brianm731
It was all but certain that the White Sox were going to be sellers come the trade deadline in 2013.
The question was, were they selling everybody? Well, they didn’t trade everybody, but they still traded more players than they have during a season in recent memory.
And, there could be more to come during the August waiver period.
And he has fit in just fine in the Boston bullpen, accumulating a 2.70 ERA since his acquisition.
The second chip to fall was the still-DLed Jesse Crain. Crain was sent to the Tampa Bay Rays in a very unique “player-to-be-named” scenario.
State of the White Sox:
(By MLB Reports Writer Jordan Gluck) Follow @jgluck777
Kenny Williams got promoted during the offseason & Rick Hahn became the official GM which means he will be the one to have to take out the mop and clean up Kenny’s mess.
The team has the second worst record in the majors currently with a .384 winning percentage and arguably the worst farm system in the majors.
This will not be a fast project for Rick Hahn to complete – but if the cards are played right the entire franchise can successfully be turned around.
First look at the major league roster & what pieces they can or should move:
Adam Dunn – 15M next season Can be a good DH boost for a contender & depending on salary eaten will determine the quality of prospect returned.
Alex Rios – 13M next season plus club option for the 2015. Can be moved in August and should return an above average prospect or two depending on $ eaten.
Alexei Ramirez– 9.5M, 10M a quality shortstop that can bring back some real pieces I think it would be really stupid not to move him soon.
Alejandro De Aza– controlled through arbitration through 2015.
Jeff Keppinger– 4M, 4.5M nice utility piece.
Chris Sale– 3.5M, 6M, 9M, 12M plus 2 club options. The real crown jewel of the group. He can return some serious talent that can speed up the rebuild.
John Danks– 15.75M per year through 2016. Big contract for an average pitcher.
Jose Quintana– controlled through 2018. A young productive & affordable piece like this can return a boatload of talent but not someone they need to rush to trade.
Addison Reed– FA in 2018. Depends on the Reliever market to move him.
Major league Pieces they should build around:
The farm system is near the bottom due to the lack of spending internationally & the lack of picks and execution although they just signed Adolfo Zapata for 1.6 million but he is just 16.
Courtney Hawkins has work to do and will most likely be a corner OF type with .250 & 30HR.
Erik Johnson is a player I really like & I think he can be a #3 starter.
Trayce Thompson can become a decent corner OF but nothing special at all.
Ultimately this team is looking at about 3 years of top 5 picks and the best way to rebuild this team is to trade away the high price players ( Danks, Rios, Dunn, Alexei) and eat some of their salary in exchange for better prospects.
Trade Chris Sale in the offseason for a large bounty & spend on the international market & draft.
Once thing this club doesn’t have is long term crippling contracts like Albert Pujols or Arod for example & if they play their cards right should be able to extend their players or/and sign big free agents when the time is right.
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