First the White Sox moved Chris Sale from the bullpen to the rotation, then they moved him back to the bullpen after five starts, and most recently they allowed him to pitch with a sore elbow that eventually led to an MRI exam.
Meanwhile, Sale has repeatedly made it very clear that he wants to continue starting and there’s seemingly disagreement between manager Robin Ventura and pitching coach Don Cooper regarding if or when he’ll get another opportunity in the rotation.
All of which makes it something less than shocking that Sale’s agent, B.B. Abbott, contacted Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune to say that he’s “extremely concerned about the way the White Sox have approached this entire situation with Chris and his future.”
Gonzales calls the handling of Sale “clumsy” and notes that “presumably Sale, and some in the hierarchy, believe he should be returned to the rotation while others think he should be in the bullpen.”
And it could be a moot point if the MRI results come back with bad news.
No, not like a Socratic dialogue, in which each side, in a mostly cooperative, but intellectually confrontational manner interrogate one another as a means of testing assertions and finding truths, though that would be an AMAZING thing for baseball players and teams to do. Rather, low-level talks about possible interest in Jake Arrieta, baseball free agent.
Arrieta is probably the top free agent still available, now that Yu Darvish, J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer have signed. Philly has money — it’s a big market — and could use a pitcher, but Jon Heyman, who, much like Plato did for Socrates, reported the dialogue, says they’re not looking to go long term with anyone.
It may make sense for Arrieta to take a so-called “pillow contract” and come back on the market in a year, but if he’s willing to accept a one-year deal, there are a lot of teams other than Philly who may offer one, and you’d have to figure Arrieta would prefer to pitch for a team more likely to contend.
Dialogues are cool, though. You should go have one over lunch.