Dave Bush has been serving as Triple-A depth for the Phillies since signing a minor-league deal in December, but the 32-year-old veteran of eight big-league seasons has decided to opt out of his contract to sign with a team in Korea.
Bush was once an effective strike-throwing mid-rotation starter for the Blue Jays and Brewers, totaling 815 innings with a 4.45 ERA from 2004-2008, but since 2009 his ERA is 5.33 ERA in 326 innings and he got knocked around in a stint with the Rangers last year.
Bush had a nice-looking 3.16 ERA at Triple-A for the Phillies, but it came with just 37 strikeouts in 63 innings and a .274 opponents’ batting average.
A wise man once said that a wise mad said that you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. The White Sox are not prepared to miss their shot: Mark Feinsand of MLB.com says they are “actively trying” to trade Avisail Garcia.
Which seems like a super difficult shot given that (a) Garcia had knee and hamstring injuries this past season; (b) hit just .236/.281/.438 when he did play; and (c) is arbitration eligible and stands to make more than the $6.7 million salary he made in 2018. You put those things together and you have a guy that the Sox are almost 100% going to non-tender rather than take to arbitration, thereby making him freely and cheaply available to anyone who wants him as long as they can wait until November 30, which is the tender/non-tender deadline.
Garcia, who somehow is still just 27 years-old, is one year removed from what many considered a breakout year, in which he hit .330/.380/.506 in 136 games, but I don’t think anyone is going to bite at him in a trade. Assuming he’s in decent shape and recovered from injuries, however, he could be a useful player in 2019.