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.
Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the Giants are engaged in “serious discussions” with the Reds to acquire center fielder Billy Hamilton. Talks are apparently advanced enough that a deal could be completed before the end of the Winter Meetings on Thursday.
It’s no secret that the Giants would like to make an upgrade in the outfield this offseason, as the club has also been linked to Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. Currently, the Giants’ outfield consists of Denard Span, Hunter Pence, and Jarrett Parker.
Hamilton, 27, owns a meager .248/.298/.334 batting line across parts of five seasons in the majors with the Reds. However, he has plenty of speed, having stolen at least 56 bases in each of the last four seasons. Hamilton is also well-regarded for his defense, which would be a boon at spacious AT&T Park.
Hamilton is in his second of three years of arbitration eligibility. He’s projected to earn $5 million for this coming season. Buchanan notes that the Rangers are also interested in potentially acquiring Hamilton.