Prior to trading Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox the Padres were said to be fielding offers from several other teams, and now Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that the White Sox finished runner-up with their offer.
According to Nightengale they were willing to trade “Gordon Beckham and prospects” for Gonzalez, but the Padres preferred the Red Sox’s all-prospect offer featuring Casey Kelly, Anthony Rizzo, and Reymond Fuentes.
It’s tough to really judge Chicago’s offer without knowing the “and prospects” part, but it’s interesting just to note that the White Sox are willing to deal Beckham after previously making him semi-untouchable in blockbuster talks. His disappointing season no doubt caused his stock to decline in everyone’s eyes, but he’s still a 24-year-old former No. 8 overall pick who seemingly everyone was in love with this time last year.
So far he’s hit .260 with a .331 on-base percentage and .416 slugging percentage in 234 career games.
Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith reports that the Blue Jays and third baseman Josh Donaldson are tabling extension talks as the two sides weren’t able to build any momentum towards agreement on a new contract.
Donaldson said, “We’re not quite there. That, to me, right now is not the major focus and I’m turning the page.” He added, “I want to play this season and really focus on winning games because, ultimately, our goal is to win a World Series and I don’t want to hinder that at all.” Donaldson also said he expects to hit free agency.
The 32-year-old avoided arbitration with the Blue Jays last month, agreeing on a $23 million salary for the 2018 season. He’s a free agent at season’s end. Last year, the three-time All-Star hit .270/.385/.559 with 33 home runs, 78 RBI, and 65 runs scored in 496 plate appearances. Donaldson missed six weeks in the first half with a calf injury, but was able to return and post terrific numbers, so his health — at least that aspect of it — shouldn’t be a concern going into spring training.
If Donaldson does reach free agency, he’ll join a star-studded group that will likely also include Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, Charlie Blackmon, and A.J. Pollock.