Rick Hahn trades Kenny Williams’ son away

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This move has some deliciously ancient/medieval overtones.

New White Sox general manager Rick Hahn’s first trade as the Chicago White Sox’ new general manager had him shipping out Kenny Williams Jr., the son of his boss and predecessor, Kenny Williams, to the Rockies.  No word on whether, after the deal, Hahn bedded Williams’ wife, slaughtered his servants and livestock and sowed salt into the soil of Williams farm.

It gets better: In return for Williams Jr., the Rockies sent away Mark Tracy, the son of their former manager Jim Tracy. I presume that Tracy was sacrificed because his father escaped the Rockies’ hangman’s noose by resigning before he could be terminated, and that there was some sort of symbolic shunning of Tracy the Younger before he was cast out.

Baseball is kinda complicated.

Report: Astros extend Justin Verlander for two years, $66 million

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The Astros are in agreement with right-hander Justin Verlander on a two-year, $66 million extension, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com was among those to report on Friday. With no money deferred, the $33 million he’ll receive over the next two years will set a record AAV for major-league pitchers; something MLB Network’s Jon Heyman says matters to Verlander, who “cares how his deals affect markets (and fellow players).”

While it’s far from the five-year, $100 million extension teammate Alex Bregman signed with the club on Friday, the deal will give the Astros a bigger window to consider their long-term plans for the ace before he hits free agency again. Prior to Saturday’s agreement, Verlander’s original contract — the hefty seven-year, $180 million arrangement he reached with the Tigers in 2013 — was set to expire at the conclusion of the 2019 season.

It’s difficult to overestimate the value Verlander has provided to the Astros since they acquired him from the Tigers back in 2017. He was named the 2017 ALCS MVP following seven shutout innings in a must-win Game 6 performance and helped the Astros clinch their first franchise World Series title. In 2018, he earned his seventh career All-Star distinction and received consideration for both AL Cy Young and MVP awards after pitching to a 16-9 record in 34 starts with a 2.52 ERA, 1.6 BB/9, 12.2 SO/9 (the product of a career-high 290 strikeouts), and 6.7 fWAR over 214 innings.

The deal has not been confirmed by the team.