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Sox trade for Yonder Alonso; Alex Call to CLE

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Just now, Chicago White Sox said:

Alonso + biggest contract offer is a great way to differentiate us from the Yankees & Phillies.

Yes, if the Yankees end up offering him the most money, he's almost definitely going there.  But if they offer less years/money and the Sox/Phillies end up being equal, this is a move that absolutely helps out.

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1 minute ago, soxfan2014 said:

Fixed. Need that defense in CF.

I had to try to sneak him in there!  But in all seriousness, the addition of Machado means Yoan in CF or Madrigal as a trade chip.

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I didn't see rabbit's tweets as speaking from some kind of insider knowledge of our hopelessness but just someone frustrated with the notion that the Sox are going to be on some kind of equal footing with the Yankees/Dodgers/couple others in the pursuit of these big fish.

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1 minute ago, caulfield12 said:

Maybe the best thing is Harper to the Cubs and Machado to NYY...then the White Sox would have no choice to clean house or end up like the Redskins.

The only thing standing between that happening and the Sox current quandary is the Q trade, Robert, Madrigal and another #3 pick.

No, then they need to look to the trade market. 

Look, I get the disappointment, but they are literally doing everything they can to land one of these guys. They need to be applauded for that.

If we can’t lure these guys here, we stay the course, and we look at the trade market. If things begin to pan out with our prospects, other FA will come. Neither the Astros nor the Cubs landed some super FA to reach sustained success. It’s not a prerequisite for us to do so. 

But it would certainly help.

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2 minutes ago, bmags said:

If Alex Call could just acquire a player, then Alex Call was capable of acquiring another player that may have aligned to the Sox rebuild better, and instead we may have to use a prospect we like more than Alex Call. These aren’t just valuing whether Call will be a CFer for us, he had value that we hopefully used for attracting a player but may have used for acquiring a not very good DH.

Hopefully this opens up more chances for Alex Call, but was he even one of the top 40 prospects in the system?

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1 minute ago, iamshack said:

No, then they need to look to the trade market. 

Look, I get the disappointment, but they are literally doing everything they can to land one of these guys. They need to be applauded for that.

If we can’t lure these guys here, we stay the course, and we look at the trade market. If things begin to pan out with our prospects, other FA will come. Neither the Astros nor the Cubs landed some super FA to reach sustained success. It’s not a prerequisite for us to do so. 

But it would certainly help.

I mean, the Cubs got Lester and then got Heyward, despite Heyward bombing.

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2 minutes ago, Chicago White Sox said:

I had to try to sneak him in there!  But in all seriousness, the addition of Machado means Yoan in CF or Madrigal as a trade chip.

Anderson to CF, Manny to SS, Yoan to 3B, Dozier to 2B 

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Just now, fathom said:

Hopefully this opens up more chances for Alex Call, but was he even one of the top 40 prospects in the system?

Top 40? For sure. But he was also my first answer for “who would you give up that has some value” for x player. Those players get you mid season relief pitchers and expensive starters. It’s not nothing.

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1 minute ago, Heads22 said:

 

Thank goodness. I want to see him hoist our next WS trophy. We need some WHITE SOX veterans. We're not going to win it all with newbies folks. We need Abreu to be around for the title.

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1 minute ago, fathom said:

Anderson to CF, Manny to SS, Yoan to 3B, Dozier to 2B 

If you were doing something like that, why not just sign Dozier to play 3B? He's not a great defender and is too old for us to care about his long-term value.

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1 minute ago, Chicago White Sox said:

The other thing this trade does is potentially spook Boras & Harper into thinking we’re moving forward with Machado.  

This is a good point.

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Yonder Alonso is a consistent 0.533 fWAR player (2015, 2016, 2018) unless you’re suddenly expecting the 2.4 from 2017 as he turns 32 to open the 2019 season.

We ALL know how well that always turns out for the Sox when we look at the numbers on the back of the baseball card, lol.

At least we now have our very own version of Logan Morrison, albeit he could cut down on Anderson, Moncada and Machado throwing errors appreciably.

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