At least, that’s what SI.com’s Jon Heyman said in his column Monday.
The White Sox are planning to go forward with a six-man rotation for now, but they do have a starter to spare and Edwin Jackson, a free agent at season’s end, would be the one to go in the event of a trade.
Jackson is 5-7 with a 4.30 ERA and a 92/34 K/BB ratio in 106 2/3 innings this season. He’s pitched better since the end of April, with a 3.53 ERA and just 17 walks in 71 1/3 innings.
The White Sox remain in contention in the AL Central, so they’d likely look for some major league talent in return for Jackson. GM Ken Williams, though, may have the confidence to trade Jackson for prospects and then use those prospects in another deal. The White Sox have short-term needs at third base and maybe in the outfield. Another reliever wouldn’t hurt, either, but the White Sox are feeling better about the pen with the way Jesse Crain, Matt Thornton and Chris Sale have improved as the year has gone on.
Athletics right-hander Jharel Cotton will undergo Tommy John surgery, per an announcement on Saturday. Cotton initially experienced some elbow soreness during a Cactus League start earlier this week and was officially diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament and strained flexor muscle on Thursday. He’ll be out of commission until 2019 at the earliest.
This isn’t the first time Cotton has dealt with elbow issues. According to MLB.com’s Jane Lee, he had screws inserted in his right elbow after sustaining a stress fracture in 2013 and suffered some minor elbow discomfort again last fall. Prior to his diagnosis, the 24-year-old was poised for his third run with the A’s in 2018. He pitched his first full season with the club in 2017, turning in a 5.58 ERA, 3.7 BB/9 and 7.3 SO/9 in 24 starts and 129 innings.
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle adds that the team is open to adding pitching depth this spring, though they’ll wait to see if the price goes down on some free agents first. Barring that, right-handed long reliever Andrew Triggs could be tabbed to fill the fifth spot in the rotation.