Rick Hahn's phone is going to be busy till the 3pm non waiver trade deadline passes on Wednesday. Don't worry though, Hahn has his phone charger and his poker face on. It was a only a matter of time before pitcher Jake Peavy was traded and following Tuesday's game a trade was announced. The White Sox traded Jake Peavy in a three team deal involving the Boston Red Sox and the Detroit Tigers. The White Sox acquired OF Avisail Garcia from the Tigers and IF Cleulius Rondon along with pitchers Francelis Montas and Jeffery Wendelken from the Red Sox. The Red Sox received Jake Peavy and P Brayan Villarreal from the Tigers. The Tigers got IF Jose Iglesias from Boston. This is a really good trade for all teams involved.
Yesterday there were reports that Hahn's asking price for his players was high, which it should be. Rumors swirled that the White Sox were going to keep Peavy and teams cooled on other names such as Alex Rios and Alexei Ramirez. What fans have to realize that this time of year there is a lot of posturing by GM's. Every GM wants to pay as little as possible to acquire as much as possible. This is the third deal for Hahn before the deadline. The White Sox already moved Matt Thornton to Boston for OF prospect Brandon Jacobs. Jacobs is off to a hot start at AA. Jesse Crain was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for players to be named later on Monday. The White Sox likely will make another trade or two tomorrow. All three teams involved had a need. With a looming suspension hanging over Jhonny Peralta, Detroit needed a shortstop. Boston needed a starting pitcher in their tight battle with the Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. So what did the White Sox get for Jake Peavy?
Garcia is an outfielder who is nicknamed "Little Miggy". Garcia was hitting .380 w/ 7 2Bs, 3 3Bs, 6 HRs, 27 RBI, and 32 runs scored over 39 games this season in the minors. Garcia is a considered a five tool player by Hahn and was the main piece of the deal. Garcia is a 6'4' 240lbs power hitting outfielder who potentially could be a middle of the order staple in years to come. Garcia is still young and has some development still in front of him. GM Rick Hahn told the media that Garcia will report to AAA, but I don't see that being for too long. The White Sox will likely move Alex Rios tomorrow before the deadline opening a spot in right field for Garcia.
The White Sox also received the three lower level prospects. None of the prospects are in the Red Sox's top 20 and it will likely take a few years to see what the White Sox got. Rondon is 19 years old and hitting .276 w/ 1 HR, 10 RBI in 37 games with Class A. The Sox are very thin in middle infielders throughout the system, so this helps increase depth. Montas is 2-9 w/ a 5.70 ERA this year at Greenville. While the win/loss and ERA are not impressive, his strikeout to walk ratio 96-32 is a good sign. Wendelken is 2-0 w/ a 2.77 ERA. He has 10 saves, 54 K's, and 20 BB. Montas seems to be giving up a high rate of homeruns this year (10 in 85 innings), but is starting currently. Wendelken is in the bullpen and hopefully will have a future someday as a backend option in the pen.
Like I mentioned earlier, on paper it seems like a trade that helped all parties. Detroit has a contingence for a Peralta suspension, Boston gets a front line starter and real competitor in Peavy for this year and next, and the Sox get younger and add depth to their system. One thing that gets lost to some is that the White Sox did not have to send any cash considerations. What that means is they are off the hook for the remainder of Peavy's contract this year and next. That gives Hahn $14.5 million dollars to allocate elsewhere if payroll remains the same. Depending on how tomorrow at 3pm turns out, the White Sox could free up a lot of money for 2014. Gavin Floyd was making $9 million this season and that salary will be off in 2014. If Rios and Ramirez are moved and Konerko retires, the Sox will have some major flexibility in the market this offseason.
While I type this I'm sure Rick Hahn's phone is ringing. He's at the table with his chips and isn't going to blink. Hahn is showing patience to get the best return and now fans just need to be patient with the team.
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