The trade deadline quickly approached and just as quick as it came, it was over with. It seemed as if it was going to be a disappointing deadline all together, as it started off rather slow, but after the clock hit 4:00 ET, is when everything started to come in at a rapid pace. That is it came in fast for a majority of teams not named the Chicago White Sox.
There was questions whether the Sox should buy low on a few controllable guys such as Zack Greinke, who was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Astros
, and Edwin Diaz who stayed put with the Mets. Ultimately neither happened, which was neither good or bad for the Sox. The main question was: Are the Sox going to sell? And if so, who? The names that received interest according to Jon Heyman, were Alex “Jesus” Colome, Ivan Nova, and Leury Garcia.
Should say White Sox have fielded interest in Alex Colome and to a lesser degree Leury Garcia and Ivan Nova. Apologies to Alex for misstating his name.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) July 31, 2019
With much surprise and maybe even more disappointment, none of those three who the Sox “fielded interest” from got moved. Instead longest-tenured player Nate Jones was the only move Rick Hahn made all day.
Nate Jones was traded to the Texas Rangers for $1 million dollars worth of international signing bonus pool money and two minor league pitchers Ray Castro and Joseph Jarneski. This came as somewhat as a shock being Jones has been out since May due to a forearm injury and will miss the rest of the season. However, it seemed it was time to move on from Jones and let him have a fresh start. With his departure Leury is not the longest tenured White Sox player.
There has been some negative comments from this trade though. With the Sox always being active in the international side of signing players, money comes at a premium. There have been a recent influx of Cuban players who defected from their home country that the Sox could have had a chance at.
Our very own James Fox expresses his concern via twitter where you can follow him at (JamesFox917).
The #Rangers are paying Nate Jones so they can spend an additional $1 million on international amateurs. That’s the deal. The #WhiteSox have poorly allocated their resources and this is to save $$ and open a 40 man spot. They’re still being run like a mom and pop operation.
— James Fox (@JamesFox917) July 31, 2019
As for not trading players like Colome and Nova, it is rattling and should make fans upset. Starting with Colome, the Sox could have received a nice return being that he has a year and a half left on his contract. Colome currently has 21 saves coming with an ERA of 2.21 and WHIP of 0.762. He has been lights out all season and received the most interest on the Sox because of it. Yes, he is the best reliever on the South Side and has another year and half on his contract like I mentioned, but relievers aren’t that hard to come by. If your organization can’t turn a stud reliever every year you need to re-look at who you employ. There have been examples the last two years for the Sox already. In 2018 it was Jace Fry and in 2019 it has been Aaron Bummer. Relievers are expandable and Colome should have been traded.
Moving on to Ivan Nova. Nova has strung together two straight quality starts and as Heyman mentioned received some interest because of that. And Rick Hahn should have pounced on that and received whatever you can get from him. Nova has had a rough year for the South Siders sitting at 6-9 with a 5.23 ERA. The lone factor that probably made the front office keep control of Ivan, is how awful our rotation has been this season. With no fifth starter announced after the demotion to Dylan Covey, the Sox do need anything they can get in their rotation. But in a lost year where our record won’t matter, yet again following the Colome narrative, Nova should have been dealt.
Sox fans should be disappointed at a stagnant deadline and can’t be defending every move the front office does or doesn’t make. The only justification you can take out of not trading Alex Colome is that the front office expects to contend in 2020 and expects to have Colome close out games doing so.
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