White Sox Trade Rumors: Edwin Diaz and Alex Colome

Sometime around the third inning of last night’s White Sox vs. Twins game, we finally saw a blockbuster trade happen.

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.

CategoryAlex ColomeShane Greene
ERA2.271.22
FIP3.883.74
xFIP4.653.79
LOB%82.7%84.6%
GB%43.7%54.3%
Blown Saves13

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.

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lil jimmy

Hardly earth shaking, I expect Nova and Jay to find new homes this week.

burning-phoneix

I highly doubt either of them is moving.

metasox

I could imagine fringe contenders like the Angels interested in Nova. But he fills a need, and I would expect to Sox keep him vs take a minimal return

roke1960

They’re not getting anything other than a low-A player for Nova. Why bother?

lil jimmy

Some salary relief, but sometimes with veterans you ask if they would like to go someplace exciting. It’s a professional courtesy.

Trooper Galactus

Oh goody, salary relief so they can continue to hoard their savings in the offseason.

metasox

I get the courtesy consideration. But the Sox aren’t loaded with pitching options.

joewho112

Someone has to throw the innings. They can’t fill the current rotation with Nova.

PauliePaulie

PauliePaulie

Rondon DFA’d. Looks like Goins is sticking around.

lil jimmy

yeah, until Timmy comes back.

PauliePaulie

I think he stays when Tim returns.

roke1960

I think Cordell goes when Timmy comes back.

GoGoSoxFan

I’ll take Reed in the who goes sweepsteak.

roke1960

Yeah, he needs to go too. Maybe when Robert comes up.

GoGoSoxFan

So next May?

roke1960

Unfortunately, that’s probably right.

metasox

nm

joewho112

Is Timmy replacing ROndon?

roke1960

Mets are discussing packaging Diaz and Wheeler in a trade. If that reduces the quality of prospects for Diaz, then the Sox should do it. Maybe then they could convince Wheeler to sign this winter. Then they can trade Colome.

PauliePaulie

Wheeler has positive trade value.

roke1960

Yeah, you’re right. Not a whole lot since he’s a rental coming off an injury, but he does have some positive value.

Trooper Galactus

His ERA isn’t good, but his peripherals are solid and his FIP is the same as Thor’s (3.64).

Yolmer's gatorade

I’d like to see Colome traded if the Sox can get anything somewhat good for him. I’d say he has neutral trade value because of his salary, but a trade for a team’s 4-7 prospect and a lottery ticket seems fair. I’d like to see if Bummer can handle the closer’s role for the remainder of the season, and there are fringe prospects like Carson Fulmer at AAA that could use any major league innings. We might as well give Fulmer a real 50+ game stretch since I think we’ll lose him to minor league free agency next year.

Trooper Galactus

It’s kind of incredible that Jose Ruiz has received more of an extended opportunity than Fulmer on the 25-man until you realize that, as bad as Ruiz has been, Fulmer’s been a LOT worse. That’s really the problem; Fulmer hasn’t even been able to ascend to a level of bad that you can justify wasting a roster spot on his development. He’s not exactly lighting the world on fire in Charlotte either.

Yolmer's gatorade

I’d include Zach Thompson and Vieira, and Kyle Kubat as people to give innings to. The Sox are pretty dumb when it comes to pitching prospects. Why keep giving Covey innings when he has shown in 200+ major league innings that he is bad? Even if these guys aren’t playing well in AAA, they are probably just as bad as the bad players we have. If you keep churning through AAAA players you eventually find someone good.

Trooper Galactus

They’ve basically run out of people who can even give them four innings without wetting the bed.

Trooper Galactus

Colome has one blown save this season.

lil jimmy

Tampa?

Trooper Galactus

That’s what Joel Sherman is reporting per MLBTR.

Trooper Galactus

Damn, he’s having a helluva season given his age and career to date.

tommytwonines

Colomé and Castillo (Sox eat the money) for Caratini. Cubs get bullpen help this year and next, catcher swap, Beef Welington reunited with Cubs.