Ozzie Guillen qualifies it by saying that shutting Jake Peavy down for the year will only happen if “I don’t think deep inside my heart and my guts that we have a chance,” but Ozzie has never been some naive optimist, and you have to figure he knows that this White Sox team doesn’t have a chance.
It’s tempting to call the White Sox’ moves to date busts already, but before you do that, you have to remember that neither Peavy nor Alex Rios were mere stretch run plays. They’re both under White Sox control for several years, and both could certainly be part of a contending Chicago team, maybe as early as next year.
I’m not going to give Kenny Williams a gold star for his recent moves — they speak to a certain schizophrenia and a failure to get a true read on where this club really is — but the book is certainly not closed yet, nor should it be.
The Yankees appear to have moved on from free agent Manny Machado this winter, but could they be turning their attention to Rockies superstar Nolan Arenado? That’s the idea floated by Andy Martino of SNY, who hears that GM Brian Cashman has been involved in recent discussions concerning the third baseman. No official comments have been made to the press yet, though, and it’s not clear whether the Yankees would prefer to pursue Arenado prior to the 2019 season or partway through it.
The 27-year-old infielder earned his fourth consecutive All-Star nomination, Silver Slugger, and Gold Glove award in 2018 after slashing .297/.374/.561 with 38 home runs, a .935 OPS, and 5.7 fWAR across 673 plate appearances. There’s no question he’s provided immense value to Colorado’s lineup over the last half-decade, and his consistency and incredible power at the plate helped form the basis of the record $30 million arbitration figure he presented to the team last week. The Rockies countered at $24 million, however, and in doing so may have jeopardized their chances of convincing the infielder to forego free agency in 2020 and take a long-term deal instead.
Assuming he declines to negotiate an extension with the Rockies, Arenado’s decorated résumé and career-best 2018 numbers should attract plenty of interest around the league — a reality that could put considerable pressure on the Yankees (or any other interested party) to finesse a deal sooner rather than later. For now, the club is prepared to enter the 2019 season with hot-hitting third baseman Miguel Andújar, whom Martino speculates would be the “centerpiece” of any trade with Colorado.