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Sometime around the third inning of last night’s White Sox vs. Twins game, we finally saw a blockbuster trade happen.
The Minnesota Twins are deep into talks with the Miami Marlins on a deal that would send reliever Sergio Romo to Minnesota, sources with knowledge of the situation tell ESPN. The expectation is a trade will soon be finalized.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 28, 2019
OK, acquiring Sergio Romo is not by any stretch of the imagination a headline deal. With how slow the trade market has been, it received plenty of attention. Earlier yesterday, the Oakland A’s acquired LHP Jake Diekman.
The trade deadline is just three days away, and with only seven games scheduled on Monday, there is ample downtime for general managers to start making moves. Here is the latest activity going around the league, and how the White Sox could get involved.
The New York Mets
CBS Sports RJ Anderson will be our guest for Monday’s Sox Machine Podcast, and if you have been skeptical of the New York Mets trying to move SP Noah Syndergaard before the deadline, Anderson will tell you that there is fire behind that trade smoke. If not by the trade deadline, most likely the Mets will deal Syndergaard in the offseason. It’s beginning to feel similar to Chris Sale’s time with the White Sox. Back in 2016, when the season turned sour in July there was some thinking Sale could be moved by July 31. It didn’t happen, but the communications with other ballclubs helped solidify a deal in December to Boston.
It’s speculation, but maybe the same is happening for the Mets and Syndergaard. GM Brodie Van Wagenen is speaking with other ballclubs about moving Syndergaard, but if a deal can’t be made by Wednesday, those notes can be used in trying to deal him during the Winter Meetings. San Diego appears to be a team interested in Syndergaard, and with the recent prospect rankings released, have plenty of players will deal from including Luis Urias.
There is also the rumor that the Mets could take whatever they get back in a deal from Syndergaard and use that package in trying to acquire Blue Jays SP Marcus Stroman. Maybe a three-team trade with Houston and Toronto could be arranged where the Astros receive Syndergaard, the Mets get Stroman, and the Blue Jays get Kyle Tucker plus other prospects. It would be an odd deal for the Mets to exchange Syndergaard for Stroman as he’s also a free agent after the 2020 season, but he’s been the better pitcher this season.
While the baseball world is paying attention to what will happen with Syndergaard, Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote last night that sources tell him the Mets are actively trying to move Zach Wheeler and Edwin Diaz. Wheeler is a free agent after this season and a possible target for the White Sox in the offseason.
Diaz is having a down year, but is only 25 years old and will just be hitting arbitration next season with team control after 2022 season. It would be a bit of a funky deal for a team trying to acquire Wheeler and Diaz together, getting a starting pitcher for only half a season but a backend bullpen arm for three and half seasons. According to Sherman, 16 teams have contacted the Mets about some combination of Syndergaard, Wheeler, and Diaz.
According to Andy Martino at SNY.tv, the White Sox are one of those 16 teams asking about Diaz.
Diaz has broad appeal to teams that want to contend both this year and next. Accordingly, the Dodgers, Reds, Brewers and White Sox are among the clubs that have expressed interest.
Why would the White Sox inquire about Edwin Diaz? Well, you can never have enough quality arms in the bullpen, and if Diaz can recapture his 2018 form, would be an inexpensive high impact arm. Rick Hahn may have also called Van Wagenen to see what the asking price is for Diaz in the possible case he moves Alex Colome.
Inching closer to Wednesday, the New York Mets will have everyone’s attention as they seem to be the most active in trying to shed pitchers. Oh, and it just so happens the Mets will be visiting the White Sox beginning on Tuesday, and Syndergaard is Wednesday’s probable starter. Will he be making that start? Stay tuned.
Washington Nationals Interest in Colome
The Washington Nationals bullpen ranks last in baseball with a 5.99 ERA. Seems like a broken record over the last couple of seasons, but the Nationals are starving for bullpen help. They would make sense to be a team actively trying to acquire Diaz, but it’s unclear if the Mets are willing to trade with an inter-divisional rival.
MLB.com’s Jon Morosi tweeted on Friday that the Nationals were interested in Colome, and Detroit Tigers closer Shane Greene. Both Colome and Greene are under team control after the 2020 season. Comparing Colome and Greene, the latter has been better this season.
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It will come down to asking price whether the Nationals decide to go with Colome or Greene. Either pitcher would be better than Fernando Rodney who is being leaned on getting the ball to Sean Doolittle, and the results have mostly been disastrous. Not a good situation as it’s a tight postseason race in the National League as the Nationals are 6.5 games back of Atlanta Braves in NL East and tied with the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers in the Wild Card race.
Who would be of interest to the White Sox in a possible Colome swap? They’ve had success with Nationals pitching prospects recently, and it may be worth going back to that well to help boost depth. SP Wil Crowe could be a possible target. The 2017 second-round pick out of South Carolina is now pitching in AAA and is the #3 ranked Nationals prospect for FanGraphs, #4 ranked for MLBPipeline, #5 for Baseball America.
In 2019, Crowe made 16 starts in AA posting a 3.87 ERA, and in three starts with the Fresno Grizzlies in the Pacific Coast League has only allowed six earned runs in 19.1 innings. More impressive he’s yet to allow a home run which is quite the feat pitching in the PCL even in a small sample size. Crowe has a four-pitch mix that FanGraphs gives 55 grades on his fastball and changeup, and a 50 grade on his slider and curveball.
If not the Nationals, maybe the Chicago Cubs will come calling about Colome after what happened last night in Milwaukee.