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.
The Padres announced on Sunday that the club signed pitcher Jordan Lyles to a one-year major league contract with a club option for 2019. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Lyles will earn $750,000 in 2018. Pitcher Travis Wood was designated for assignment to create room on the 40-man roster for Lyles.
Lyles, 27, had miserable results between the Rockies and Padres last season, compiling an aggregate 7.75 ERA with a 55/22 K/BB ratio over 69 2/3 innings. While he specifically gave up 24 earned runs in 23 innings across five starts with the Padres, it was a small sample. A full season at the pitcher-friendly Petco Park, as opposed to Colorado’s Coors Field, might help revitalize his career.
Wood, 30, went to the Padres at the non-waiver trade deadline from the Royals this past season. Overall, the lefty posted an aggregate 6.80 ERA with a 65/45 K/BB ratio in 94 innings. He’ll earn $6.5 million this season and has an $8 million mutual option with a $1 million buyout for 2019. So, the Padres are just eating $7.5 million minus the league minimum, assuming Wood latches on elsewhere.