White Sox general manager Kenny Williams keeps trying to acquire a
big-name starting pitcher and they keep spurning his advances.
Last week Williams worked out a trade for Jake Peavy only to have
the Padres ace use his no-trade clause to block the deal and now the Houston Chronicle reports that Roy Oswalt “would invoke his no-trade clause if the White Sox attempted to acquire him.”
The report about Oswalt comes amid speculation that the White Sox have
been scouting him for a potential deal. Interestingly, the newspaper
notes that Oswalt and Peavy are good friends and Peavy said during the
offseason that he’d “embrace a trade to the Astros,” but apparently
neither guy wants to pitch for the White Sox.
Meanwhile, the White Sox have won three straight and are 9-3 over
their last dozen games, climbing into second place in the AL Central
… at 24-25.
Free agent reliever Bryan Shaw has received two multiyear offers, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The teams in question have not been revealed, but the demand for Shaw is expected to be high as he comes off of a career-best season.
The 30-year-old right-hander went 4-6 in 79 appearances for the Indians, drawing a 3.52 ERA, 2.6 BB/9 and 8.6 SO/9 in 76 2/3 innings. He ranked 12th among qualified relievers with 1.6 fWAR, his highest mark to date, and proved instrumental in helping the club reach their second consecutive division title in 2017.
The Mets are the last known team to show interest in Shaw, as the New York Post’s Mike Puma reported Wednesday. Nothing has been officially confirmed by the club yet, naturally, but they could still use a couple of arms to round out the bullpen behind Jerry Blevins, AJ Ramos and Jeurys Familia and it’s worth noting that the right-hander has already worked closely with Mets’ skipper and former Indians’ pitching coach Mickey Callaway. While Shaw’s proven consistency and durability should appeal to a wide variety of teams, he’s due for a big payday after making just $4.6 million in his last year with the Indians.