9:55 AM EDT, July 31, 2013
It looks like the White Sox have a plan to rectify the mess called the 2013 season.
Or if not a plan, at least an idea how to form one.
The most important of the Sox’s trade pieces was moved Tuesday night when Jake Peavy went to the Red Sox in a three-team deal involving the Tigers.
The deal landed the Sox Detroit right fielder Avisail Garcia and three minor-leaguers from the Boston system, two of whom are pitchers, potentially a nice bit of brokering by Sox general manager Rick Hahn at his first trade deadline.
If nothing else, Hahn shed about $24 million in salary that you just know will land on the disabled list a couple times before the end of the contract next season. I mean, just look at Peavy’s five seasons here: one year of 20-plus starts. His regularly scheduled trips to the DL are more of a sure thing than the biggest name coming to the Sox.
Baseball America ranked Garcia among the top 100 prospects and rated the 6-4, 240-pounder as the No. 2 prospect in the Detroit organization. Garcia hit .319 last year, but slumped to .241 this season. His major league OPS dropped from .692 to .646. He suffered a heel contusion in the spring and has been tearing up the minors.
Garcia certainly got the Sox’s attention last season when he hit .333 and had a .745 OPS in seven games against them. In the Tigers’ sweep in the ALCS, Garcia killed the Yankees, hitting .455 and posting an OPS of 1.000. There were comparisons to Miguel Cabrera, and then Garcia went hitless in five at-bats in the World Series, and that was that.
Garcia doesn’t walk much, which seems to make him a perfect Sox, but at 22, he has significant potential, and because he’s a right fielder, the deal seems to confirm some kind of ensuing trade of Alex Rios, although he left Tuesday night’s game with a bruised left foot.
Presumably, Rios will bring back at least one good prospect. Bats are hard to find at the trade deadline this year, and Rios can make a contender’s lineup better. He’s hitting .272 with 12 homers, 49 RBIs and an OPS of .752. Indeed, that should bring back at least one good piece.
Put another way, Hahn needs to get at least one good piece for Rios.
Even if Hahn hasn’t outlined his plan, this has to be it. You have to go young when you’ve gone this badly.
And I hope Hahn doesn’t stop at Rios. If he gets a chance to move Alexei Ramirez or Adam Dunn to make the future better, he has to make the deal. He has to make all the deals. I mean, the Sox can be the second-worst team in the American League a lot cheaper and with a lot more hope.
I don’t know if we’re back to "The Kids Can Play," but the kids certainly should play.
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