White Sox Acquire Long-Term Centerfield Solution

In case you missed it, the White Sox were involved in a three-team deal this afternoon, acquiring Adam Eaton and a PTBNL from Arizona for Hector Santiago (who is headed to Los Angeles/California/Anaheim). In doing so, they have locked up their centerfield and, hopefully, leadoff role until 2018. Adam Eaton, though he was never an elite prospect, should be a very productive player on the South Side, and will come dirt cheap for a few … Continue reading

The Cubs and Padres Could Match Up Well in Trade Talks

Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported in his “Padres Insider” column today that Padres fans should expect a trade for a left-handed bat and/or reliever to come together by the end of MLB’s winter meetings. Center writes that the Padres have a surplus of starting pitching, and guys like Robbie Erlin, Burch Smith, or Eric Stults could be traded to address needs in other parts of their roster. Of particular note in Center’s … Continue reading

Revisiting Jeff Samardzija’s Trade Value

In July, I wrote about what the Cubs might expect in return for starter Jeff Samardzija. The conclusion was that Samardzija, who had a 3.75 ERA at the time, was likely worth a whole lot in trade. It’s tough to imagine the Cubs returning quite as much value for him after he imploded down the stretch, but it’s important to remember that there is still quite a bit of value remaining for a team that … Continue reading

Why Should the Cubs Trade for David Price?

The David-Price-to-the-Cubs rumor train has been chugging along since before the 2012 season. It made sense at the time – the Cubs would be in need of a big-time starting pitcher to pair with budding stars Anthony Rizzo, Starlin Castro, and Jeff Samardzija. There was plenty of talent in the farm system, but the consensus was that it was mostly years away and of questionable projection. A stud pitcher would be a big stride in … Continue reading