Saltalamacchia suffers setback following surgery

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Jarrod Saltalamacchia missed the final month of the season following surgery for Thoracic Outlet Syndrome, which involves a rib pushing against a nerve to cause neck, shoulder, and finger numbness.
In order to make up for the lost playing time and get a feel for life post-surgery Saltalamacchia headed to the Dominican Winter League, but unfortunately he almost immediately began experiencing pain in his shoulder and has been sent home.
“He played it safe and came out of the game,” general manager Jon Daniels said. “He’ll be evaluated in Texas on Friday. At this point we don’t know if it’s simply part of the rehab or something else.”
A serious setback could increase Texas’ interest in re-signing Ivan Rodriguez, who hit just .245/.279/.388 in 28 games for the Rangers after coming over from the Astros in a mid-August trade. Rodriguez could guarantee a return by accepting the Rangers’ offer of salary arbitration, but agent Scott Boras has hinted that’s unlikely because “the catching market is starved.”

Report: White Sox discussing trade for Joc Pederson

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A number of teams are making calls about Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson these days, as is the general nature of the offseason. Per Jason Kinander of FanSided, there have been some preliminary trade discussions between the Dodgers and the White Sox, though a formal deal doesn’t appear imminent and any potential competition from other clubs is still unknown.

Pederson, 26, has enjoyed quite a run with the Dodgers over the last five years. A perennial 25-home run hitter (when healthy), he slashed .248/.321/.522 with 56 RBI, an .843 OPS, and 2.7 fWAR through 443 plate appearances during the 2018 regular season. Following the Dodgers’ unsuccessful postseason campaign, Pederson agreed to a one-year, $5 million contract in advance of the arbitration deadline, and is currently slated to remain under team control through the 2020 season.

Despite his relative affordability and clear value to the club, shedding Pederson from their roster would allow the Dodgers to pursue the kind of right-handed hitters they need to balance out their 2019 lineup. It’s not certain what the White Sox are prepared to give up, but Kinander mentions right-hander Carson Fulmer, lefty reliever Aaron Bummer, and recent draft pick/third baseman Bryce Bush as a few possibilities.