From Danny Knobler of CBSSports.com comes word that the Royals have traded outfielder Greg Golson to the White Sox for cash considerations.
Golson was drafted 21st overall by the Phillies in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft. He never developed into much of a hitter and has made only 42 career major-league plate appearances, but the 26-year-old still possesses good speed and elite defensive ability, and will act as quality organizational outfield depth for the Pale Hose during the 2012 season.
Golson batted .263/.330/.385 with eight home runs, 33 RBI and 15 stolen bases in 105 games last year for the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He is a .263/.311/.396 career hitter in the minors.
Joe Maddon just held his annual media availability here at the Winter Meetings. During the scrum he said that Kyle Schwarber “looked great the other day” at a Cubs community event and that . . . wait for it . . . “he’s in, probably, arguably in the best shape of his life.” Maddon went on to say that, if Schwarber looks good in spring training, he might even be the Cubs leadoff hitter in 2018.
Schwarber is only 24, but the former catcher turned outfielder is going to spend most of his career as a DH, with another team obviously, unless he shows the Cubs that he can be a regular defender. The Cubs would love to see him in better shape whether they keep him or shop him, and if it’s the latter, they’ll want to show potential trade partners that he can play defense so as not to limit his market. It’s in everyone’s interests for him to be lean, mean and a bit more flexible once spring training starts.
To that end, according to a recent report, Schwarber “has been on a mission this offseason to transform his body.” And now Maddon is playing up the BSOHL angle. Whether that’s salesmanship or not, all eyes are going to be on Schwarber come February.