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Wednesday, June 20th, 2018



The White Sox send Freddy Garcia to Philly for former Sox farmhand Gio Gonzalez and Gavin Floyd.

Ken Williams must really like Gonzalez and Floyd because Freddy Garcia is a horse. He had a terrific year last year. The Sox must think pitching coach Don Cooper can fix Floyd, lest he turn into the latest Sidney Ponson. Gonzalez is really young and has plenty of potential, but my first thoughts on the trade are that several GMs are saying to themselves “I would have offered more than that.”

Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports agrees with me. If you trade a stud like Garcia, how do you not get back at least one solid, known quantity in the deal? How exactly does this help the Sox in their quest to reclaim the championship in 2007? Right now this doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me.

At a time when teams like the Cubs are shelling out $40 million to Ted Lilly–who has never thrown 200 innings in any one season–how do you not get much more for Garcia, who has thrown in more than 200 innings in 7 of his 8 seasons?

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  • Schmidty

    Thought about this last night. Only thing I could think of was to free up salary to re-sign Joe Crede to a predictably insane contract with all the money going around. I think he’s worth about $100M for five years, don’t you? :)

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    I like Crede but you’re kidding right? More like signing Jermaine Dye longterm!

  • Schmidty

    Definitely being sarcastic. I think they’re most focused on Crede as opposed to Dye, though. Both good players, but Crede’s more valuable as an infielder and is younger. Kenny Williams is showing himself to ignore his heart when dealing with players and using just his head (Rowand, Garcia now, etc.). I think that’s a good thing, as opposed to letting guys hang around longer than they should just because they got rings last year, plus if a guys can get you something valuable in a trade, do it! I respect that about his not taking nostalgia into account with the team and trying to keep a contender on the field long-term. So, that’s a long-winded response to why I think they’d like to lock Crede up before Dye.

  • http://zonersports.com The Zoner

    I think Williams has been qouted as saying Crede will not be here long term. With Fields almost ready to take over for him, it make sense to throw dollars somewhere else.

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