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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Thursday, November 05, 2009
White Sox - Acquired Teahen, Signed Kotsay
Chicago White Sox - Acquired 3B-OF Mark Teahen from the Kansas City Royals for 3B-OF Josh Fields and 2B Chris Getz; Signed OF Mark Kotsay to a 1-year, $1.5 million contract.
A pretty bad and pretty pointless trade for the White Sox. Luckily for White Sox fans, when it comes to Kenny Williams, the trades I love turn out badly and the trades I hate turn out well, so Teahen will hit 40 home runs, Kotsay will win a Gold Glove, Josh Fields will contract lupus, and Getz will go on a shooting spree on the 2 train when the Royals visit New York.
Josh Fields has been pretty poor defensively, but Teahen’s not a good defensive player either and isn’t really a good hitter. If Teahen ends up replacing Dye, the White Sox have a problem in right field. If Teahen plays 3rd and Beckham shifts to 2nd, the White Sox have a problem at 2nd. Why trade Chris Getz, a serviceable, cheap, unspectacular player, along with Fields to not solve any problems? When you take into consideration that Teahen’s likely going to cost north of $4 million in 2010, it just seems puzzling. The White Sox are far more than this away from being a solid team and the offseason’s not even 24 hours old, so why the rush to send away Getz, Fields, and a few million bucks?
Kotsay played quite a bit of 1st for the Sox and hit well for a backup (292/349/434 in 40 games with the White Sox). Problem is that he’s unlikely to hit anywhere near that again and his defense in center is just about gone, so he doesn’t do much for the team. At least it’s only $1.5 million. If the White Sox are truly concerned about finances, I’d strongly recommend not dropping $5.5 million by the first week of November without improving the team.
For the Royals, the upside is obvious. The team gets a couple of players that aren’t stars but certainly better than Willie Bloomquist, and they save a few million bucks, given that I don’t think they had the guts to non-tender Teahen. Good move for a franchise that hasn’t had many recently.
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