Jon Heyman says that according to “sources” — god, I love mid-to-late July! — the White Sox are interested in Zack Greinke.
No word on how serious it is or what they’d offer, but Greinke would certainly help them out. The Sox’ rotation looks good at first blush with Chris Sale, Jack Peavy and Jose Quintana appearing to be a solid 1-2-3 punch. But as we’ve noted several times, Sale is already way past his career-high in innings pitched and Peavy is something of an injury risk. If one of those two go or if Quintana falters, there is trouble, as the back end of the rotation has not been anything special.
Not that this makes the White Sox’ need greater than anyone else’s. Most contenders could use an arm and any team, no matter how strong the rotation, could be improved by the addition of Zack Greinke. Assuming, of course, his little pushback in the rotation isn’t a harbinger of bad things.
Free agent first baseman Edwin Espinal has signed a minor league deal with the Tigers, the infielder announced Saturday. The move has yet to be confirmed by the team.
Espinal, 23, capped a seven-year run with the Pirates’ minor league affiliates in 2017. He split his season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis, batting a cumulative .294/.327/.447 with 15 home runs and 31 doubles in 532 plate appearances. While he’s raked at nearly every level so far, he also profiles well on defense, and rounded off his 2017 performance with a perfect fielding percentage, 208 putouts and a Gold Glove award.
Espinal is untested at the major league level and it’s not yet clear if he’ll make the jump in 2018. He showed some positional versatility during his time in the minors, however, and could take reps at third base or DH if necessary. The Tigers are reportedly on the lookout for pitching depth and left-handed bats — two bills the right-handed Espinal doesn’t fit — and presumably have a lot of moves left to make this winter.