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  1. The Chicago White Sox Trade: RF Andrew Taylor (AAA) The Baltimore Orioles Trade: $500k cash A simple 40 man slot opening. Andrew Taylor has exceptional defense but we need a little bit of 40 man room and have gotten to a point where we could use some cash as well. With Puig as an exceptional RFer, Taylor seemed expendable. Thanks, Drew.
  2. The Chicago White Sox Trade: SP John Butler (ML) RF Franmil Reyes (ML) RF Lance Parrish (AA) The New York Yankees Trade: SP Nathan Eovaldi (ML) RP Cody Poteet (ML) Jonathan & Rhett at it again. This discussion began based on our listing Franmil Reyes on the trade block last week and grew into something quite a bit more. Eovaldi hopefully gives us the last SP we need to build a deep enough rotation to truly contend in the AL Central this season, and Poteet gives us another solid reliever for our bullpen. Reyes became odd man out when we acquired Tink Jones from the Padres recently, and while he still had minor league options and we were planning to just demote him to AAA until we may need him during the season, being able to trade him in a deal for a pitcher like Eovaldi seemed the better route to go. We give New York back a young SP in Butler and an outfield prospect with power potential. Thanks, as always, to Rhett, for the productive talks and for the deal. Best of luck in 2022!
  3. The White Sox approve this deal. We claimed Crawford off waivers a month ago because we loved his low walk rate and flexibility (5th starter, long reliever, middle reliever, team leader/captain), but our situation has changed with a couple Rule 5 picks and a couple FA signings. We send Crawford to SFG to rejoin Heinz (we claimed him from TBR after Comey took over) for a low level reliever who is a bit of a flyer, but we'll give him a shot. Thanks, as always, Heinz, for being so easy to talk to.
  4. The San Diego Padres Trade: OF Tink Jones (ML) w/ 50% salary retention SS Xavier Edwards (AA) The Chicago White Sox Trade: $50k cash We weren't really looking for another OF bat but when we saw Sean post Tink available on the trade block a few days ago, he was a great fit to replace the power we'd lost from Rob Segedin going to FA this offseason. We came into this offseason with about $60m available to spend, and while Tink Jones is a bit of a salary dump for the Padres, his bat is still very much a factor and we look forward to plugging him into the starting lineup immediately. Xavier Edwards isn't a show-stopper prospect, but we really like him, as well as his ability to get on base and speed around the bases, so we see him having a legit chance of being a big league player for the White Sox in a year or two. Thanks, Sean, and best of luck this season!
  5. The Chicago White Sox Trade: C Omar Silva (ML) 2B Roger McAfee (ML) $1m cash The New York Yankees Trade: C Sandy Leon (waivers) 3B Tommy White (R) This trade began talking about a swap of catchers: Silva for Leon, with us sending $1m in cash to even out the salaries. I was excited to bring back Silva at the end of last year off waivers, and having him as a backup to Ruiz as he was a good part of the team back in 2019, but I'm more intrigued to have Leon's defense and Captain personality as a backup, although he really won't provide any offense at all. But Keibert Ruiz will receive the lion's share of starts so what Leon brings defensively and to the clubhouse is more important. Rhett then asked if McAfee was available and we agreed on swapping McAfee for White. I was looking at probably using McAfee as our reserve infielder this year -- he plays a good defensive 2B and would've been a nice bench bat / defensive sub late in games, but moving him helps us clear another 40 man slot for the Rule 5 draft later this month and for free agency. White is a flyer -- I expect his power potential to drop as he ages and his ceiling becomes more realistic, but willing to see how it plays out. Thanks as always, Rhett, for smooth trade talks, and best of luck in 2022!
  6. The Chicago White Sox Trade: CF Mike Tatum (R Great Falls) The Oakland Athletics Trade: RP Anthony Kay (ML) If we are going to compete in the AL Central in 2022, our bullpen is going to have to be improved. Kay gives us a left hander who should improve our bullpen while providing flexibility. He can also start if we suffer some injuries and need a rotation replacement, and he has three options remaining so we can also move him back & forth between the Major League club and AAA as the roster and matchups demand. His stats in 2021 weren't spectacular, but he made the jump from AA to ML that year so one would hope he'll make an improvement in production in 2022. Tatum was our 7th round draft pick in 2021 and is amongst our top 30 organizational prospects, but we don't see him making an impact at the Majors as he develops, so it seemed a worthwhile exchange for a player we DO expect to have an impact on our Major League club. Thanks, Scott.
  7. The White Sox confirm this deal. I don't honestly know if the OOTP game engine recognizes past success as a benefit to a clubhouse / team such as can certainly happen in real life, but Aurelio has 4 World Series rings, and that can't hurt. He'll join the team as a reserve infielder with a chance to break camp as the starting 2B, depending on what else happens this offseason. SP Richard Dean is a veteran starting pitcher we really like for the back of the rotation. Be not fooled by his 1.40 WHIP for the Cubs last season. Most of the bad parts of his stat line came from a failed experiment out of the bullpen in 2021. If you look at only his numbers starting at the ML level last year -- 10 starts -- he went 5-5 with a 2.78 ERA, 149 ERA+, and 3.10 FIP. Having also acquired Hauck from Arizona earlier this offseason, the White Sox rotation is coming together without having to unload top prospects, as we try to piece together a contending club for 2022. Thanks, Jabs, for the creative talks and best of luck on the North Side in 2022!
  8. The St. Louis Cardinals Trade: RF Yasiel Puig (ML) LF Chad Rix (AA) SP Justin Jarvis (AA) The Chicago White Sox Trade: RP Calvin Travis (Rookie Great Falls) This is all about the Puig salary. The White Sox take on Puig's $20m salary and were able to pick up a couple worthwhile prospects for doing so. Both Jarvis & Rix are amongst the Top 100 prospects in the league (according to OSA) and will compliment the White Sox farm system nicely. And while Puig may have worn out his welcome in St. Louis, he is actually a top defender in RF and will serve a role in Chicago as the White Sox look to improve their defense heading into next season. We send back a rookie league arm just to complete the deal. Thanks, Ayden. Just like old times. Best of luck with your new organization in 2022.
  9. The White Sox approve this deal. Hauck had what may seem a good but not great 4.17 ERA for the Diamondbacks in 2021 but he also had a 3.06 FIP. The White Sox have a hitters park same as the Diamondbacks but to a lesser extent, and Hauck is still only 28 years old, so I fully expect him to remain a valuable SP for the time being. Danielson was our 3rd round pick in 2021, and I was not keen on giving him up, but it seemed a fair value to give up in a 1-for-1 deal for a ML starting pitcher of worth. Thank you, Kimberly, and I hope you have continued success in 2022.
  10. The White Sox approve this deal. Pretty simple trade. Fierro had a spectacular April for us but has struggled a bit since and it seemed a good time to see if there were any offers out there for him. In Barnes we get a SP who isn't going to set the world on fire, but we get a starting pitcher we can immediately plug into the back of our rotation as we limp to the finish line this season, and can factor into 2022 as a SP5 or 6, AAA SP to hold onto for depth in case of injury, or maybe even to put into the bullpen as an innings eater, while also getting 4 years younger and saving about $1m in salary. Thanks, Sam, for the lightning fast deal.
  11. The Chicago White Sox Trade: SP Jud Graham (ML) The Oakland Athletics Trade: OF Byron Buxton (ML) This is a swap of MLers on inexpensive contracts to better suit needs. We played a bit more of a smallball approach in 2020 when we won the AL Central, and I want to move back in that direction in 2022. I project that Buxton will platoon with Tyler Hill in LF but acquiring him here at the deadline gives us an opportunity to try that scenario out for a couple months. Although we need Graham's innings after trading away Dylan Bundy & then losing Ashton Moore to a season-ending injury just a few days later, it was worth it to go ahead and make this move for a player who is more in our vision for 2022. Thanks, Scott, for always being engaging and friendly in talks.
  12. The Chicago White Sox Trade: C Lance Hartgraves (ML) The Toronto Blue Jays Trade: P Evan Moore (A+) The White Sox approve this deal. While we didn't necessarily have Lance Hartgraves on the block, now that Keibert Ruiz is cemented as our starting catcher, Hartgraves was expendable if we could get back for him a piece in which we found value. And that's exactly what we did in Evan Moore. Moore was a late draft pick in 2020 (25th round) but has seen a lot of development already according to our scout, and has also been producing in limited time. I'm not sure if he'll make it as a starter, but at the very least we see him as a very effective Major League bullpen arm, so it seemed a worthy exchange. We're not in a deep rebuild, but rather hope to compete again very soon, so young bullpen arms are coveted. Thanks to Mitch for the super quick & easy discussion.
  13. The Chicago White Sox Trade: SP Dylan Bundy (ML) The Cleveland Guardians Trade: SS Manny Acosta (R) RP de Oca (AAA) SP Edgar Heeffer (Int'l Complex) The White Sox brought on Dylan Bundy when trading away 2B Brett Lawrie and never really intended to keep him. We took him to even the money for Lawrie, but by trading Bundy we clear the extra salary and make more room to continue calling up younger, prospective starting pitchers in our system to see what we have for the future (as we've acquired several pitchers this season that are at AAA and nearly ML ready). de Oca looks like a potential back-of-the-bullpen arm -- something we are lacking right now -- Acosta should be able to develop into a ML SS we think, and Heeffer is a wild card. Our scout really likes him and we have him as throwing 100 mph at 17 years old, so we're hoping there's a future there. Thanks, Ayden, and best of luck in taking Rocky down in 2021.
  14. The White Sox approve this deal. We're clearly not going to be buying this deadline, and I didn't feel the slightly over $1m cash we had was going to do much to contribute in us moving any of our veterans with contracts, so it made sense to buy a couple prospects. Neither are top prospects, but both have nice upside and should contribute to our prospect depth. We will convert Bachleitner to a reliever, where we think he can prosper, but continue to use Laucer as a starter for the time being. Thanks, Eddie, and best of luck in the AL West this season.
  15. The Chicago White Sox Trade: 2B Brett Lawrie (ML) RP Tony Cingrani (AAA) The New York Yankees Trade: SP Dylan Bundy (ML) SP Ashton Moore (AAA) 2B Roger McAfee (AAA) C Davon Hayes (R Tampa) The Chicago White Sox approve this deal. We'd had a few different talks going on for Brett Lawrie. But the injury complicated matters. We're told he'll be out about a month, which would leave him coming back just before the deadline, which wouldn't leave much time to trade him to a contending team, so we decided to go ahead and take the best available offer. We take back Dylan Bundy in the deal to save New York money. We also get a AAA SP who is ML ready and will be called up if we trade away any of our other veteran starters before the deadline. Roger McAfee is a power-first 2B who plays good defense, so we like the upside to having him in the lineup and focusing on what he does well instead of expecting too much from him. Lastly, Davon Hayes is a 5th round 2020 draft pick who projects to hit for major power while playing good defense at the catcher position, so if he can develop to meet his projections, we'll be very happy with him behind the plate. Thanks to Rhett for the deal and, as always, the friendly and productive talks.