It wasn’t too long ago that we were talking about the White Sox as sellers, but they have gone 16-8 this month and sit at 49-50 on the year, just 2 1/2 games back in what is shaping up to be a compelling Wild Card race in the American League. With that in mind, they are on the lookout for a bat:
Bob Nightengale of USA Today also hears that the White Sox are looking for a bat and have inquired about Cespedes.
Big things were expected out of Chicago’s offense this season after the splashy additions of Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche, but the club currently ranks 27th in the majors in runs scored. Cabrera has turned things on of late, but LaRoche has really struggled outside of a productive May and could be at risk for losing at-bats if the White Sox make a deal. Avisail Garcia, who has a .658 OPS against right-handed pitching, could also be vulnerable. Cespedes and Upton are both due to be free agents this winter, but they could really move the needle for a contender.
Angels slugger Mike Trout is back in tonight’s lineup against the Astros after missing two games with left wrist inflammation.
Trout injured his wrist while attempting to make a diving catch on Sunday, but an MRI revealed no structural damage. According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, the 23-year-old was cleared to return after he hit off a tee without any issues. He’s starting in center field tonight as the Angels attempt to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Astros. The team is currently one game back of Houston in the AL West.
Trout leads the majors with 31 home runs and owns a .315/.405/.632 batting line over 97 games.
UPDATE: Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that the Tigers will receive prospect infielder-outfielder JaCoby Jones in return.
6:11 p.m. ET: CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Pirates and Tigers have agreed to a deal. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal hears that medicals still need to be reviewed before the trade becomes official.
The Tigers will receive one minor leaguer in return, according to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi.
6:09 p.m. ET: After dealing ace David Price to the Blue Jays earlier today, the Tigers are now close to moving their closer. According to James Schmehl of MLive.com, the Pirates are nearing a deal to acquire Joakim Soria.
Soria, an impending free agent, has posted a 2.85 ERA and 36/11 K/BB ratio over 41 innings this season. The 31-year-old has been very solid since taking over the closer role in Detroit, going 23-for-26 in save chances.
The Pirates already have an All-Star closer in Mark Melancon, so Soria would presumably function in a set-up capacity. Pittsburgh’s bullpen is currently fourth in the majors with a 2.71 ERA, but they are about to get even better.