Thursday, December 8, 2016

Let’s Finish Raiding the White Sox


The Chicago White Sox are open for business and as we’ve already seen the team has unloaded their best pitcher Chris Sale, my thoughts on this trade later today, to the Boston Red Sox but there is still plenty to be pillaged from that village. Let’s finish them off, let’s raid the remainder of the Chicago White Sox.

The Yankees need pitching and surprisingly the White Sox still have it in the way of a former Yankees farmhand Jose Quintana. Quintana has been one of the better pitchers in the American League for a couple seasons now and the durable and consistent lefty would fit in perfectly with what the Yankees are trying to accomplish now both in terms of youth and in terms of competing in 2017. Quintana is still just 27-years old and comes with four very reasonable years of team control which includes team options for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. He won’t come cheap but he just might be worth it if you can keep from gutting the farm too awful much for him.

New York also presumably needs a closer and as they are interested in both Aroldis Chapman and Kenley Jansen they are likely not alone in their pursuit of those two. If either get to be too expensive or decide that their services would fit better elsewhere the Yankees could look to another reunion type deal by acquiring David Robertson as well. Robertson isn’t Chapman or Jansen but he is likely a better closer than Dellin Betances is at this point in their careers in my opinion. Plus he wouldn’t be awfully expensive in the prospects department as long as the big two closers are still on the board. Again, my opinion.

Todd Frazier would be nice but that creates a whole set of other problems regarding Chase Headley. Would anyone want Headley and his contract in return? If so, make the deal if the deal is right. If not, pass. I think Frazier would be uber-expensive though and likely out of the realm of possibilities for the Yankees at this time unfortunately.


The final piece the Yankees could look at acquiring is relief pitcher Nate Jones. Jones is a 30-year old right-handed relief pitcher that posted impressive numbers out of the Chicago bullpen in 2016. Jones appeared in 71 games in 2016 posting a 0.892 WHIP, 2.93 FIP and 2.29 ERA. Jones isn’t a huge strikeout guy like Betances, Chapman and Andrew Miller was but he keeps the ball down and in the ballpark enough to succeed in any stadium including the Cathedral in the Bronx. 

3 comments:

  1. Really? I'm sorry but Robertson isn't very effective anymore and you must have missed the Yankees signing of Chapman. Frazier is another 30 to 40 home run guy that has a terrible average. Base runners and run producers are all I want anymore. .270 and up average, unless your winning gold gloved like Gardner, is all I want to see. I think Holiday was a very good signing. One year for today's should I say Paul O Neil kind of player? I'm good if the Yankees are done. However, if they could get the White Sox other ace for minimal damage to the system then ok. Otherwise stick with what your doing, get rid of Headley maybe, keep Gardner most definitely. If the Yankees are a 500 club this year it would be a total shock, but we all know youth takes time and teams have to spend some money. Hopefully 2017 is like 1995, then 2018 could be the year of the new core 4. Which by the way will always be 5 for me. Bernie Williams was more then worthy!

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  2. Really? I'm sorry but Robertson isn't very effective anymore and you must have missed the Yankees signing of Chapman. Frazier is another 30 to 40 home run guy that has a terrible average. Base runners and run producers are all I want anymore. .270 and up average, unless your winning gold gloved like Gardner, is all I want to see. I think Holiday was a very good signing. One year for today's should I say Paul O Neil kind of player? I'm good if the Yankees are done. However, if they could get the White Sox other ace for minimal damage to the system then ok. Otherwise stick with what your doing, get rid of Headley maybe, keep Gardner most definitely. If the Yankees are a 500 club this year it would be a total shock, but we all know youth takes time and teams have to spend some money. Hopefully 2017 is like 1995, then 2018 could be the year of the new core 4. Which by the way will always be 5 for me. Bernie Williams was more then worthy!

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  3. To be honest this was typed out and scheduled before the Chapman signing, that was my bad for not editing it or removing the part about Robertson.

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