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— A Timely Look at Transactions as They Happen
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
White Sox - Reportedly Acquired Thome
Chicago White Sox - Have reportedly reached a preliminary agreement to acquire 1B Jim Thome and cash for OF Aaron Rowand.
To me, this looks like a needless risk, even if the White Sox get a ton of money along with Thome to cover his contract. If the White Sox didn’t feel comfortable overpaying for Konerko, I think it would have been far better to bite the bullet, stick Ross Gload at 1st and trade the extra outfielder for a 1B prospect or fill another need. Don’t what to do that? Then stick Dye at first, which should keep him fairly healthy and make room for Brian Anderson that way.
Instead, the White Sox are gambling when there’s little need to gamble and while they do want to make room for Brian Anderson, Rowand is the starting outfielder they can least afford to lose. He deserved to be winning his 2nd gold glove this offseason instead of his 0th after all and 20 runs above average defense in center is worth more than a 118 OPS+ from the rightfielder or the speedy numbskullery found in left. Rowand was the centerpiece of a defense that made the pitching staff look like Hall of Famers and I doubt Anderson can match Rowand.
This can work out, of course, but given Jim Thome’s physical breakdown, I don’t think it will. There’s nothing to not like from the Phils persepctive - they don’t want Thome, they don’t need Thome and the feeling’s probably mutual by this point. They get out of some of the contract and get a gold glove centerfielder (deserved, though not awarded) in return for having a problem taken off their hands.
It’s also rumored that a few of the White Sox pitching prospects are going to the Phils too - more on that when more information is available. I don’t see that as improving the trade.
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