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Storylines: White Sox keep improving, sign Melky Cabrera

Storylines: White Sox keep improving, sign Melky Cabrera
Melky Cabrera (Photo: AP)
December 15, 2014
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Top Stories:

  • According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports the White Sox have agreed to terms on a three year $42 million deal with outfielder Melky Cabrera. The addition of Cabrera will help a White Sox lineup that has already added Adam LaRoche this offseason. They have also added pitchersJeff SamardzijaDavid Robertson and Zach Duke to the pitching staff.

Other News and Notes:

  • Bob Nightengale of USA Today said with the acquisition of Cabrera that the White Sox likely trade Dayan Viciedo. He believes the Mariners could be a fit in a trade.
  • Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe says the Astros have emerged as a sleeper team for Cole Hamels. The Cubs, Padres, Red Sox, Dodgers and Rangers also have reported interest in the talented lefty.
  • Cafardo also notes that the Phillies are motivated to move Ryan Howard and are willing to eat a large chunk of the $60 million remaining on his two year deal. He would likely have to go to an AL team where he could be a DH.
  • According to Bob Dutton of the News Tribune, outfielder Alex Rios has gained more interest from the Mariners now that Melky Cabrera is no longer available.
  • Peter Gammons says the Orioles have interest in Colby Rasmus on a one-year deal, though others like the Cubs and Royals have interest in him as well.
  • Richard Justice of notes that Allen Craig could be a trade candidate and that teams like the Marlins and Brewers could have interest.
  • Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald notes that the Marlins are not interested in trading either Henderson Alvarez or Jarred Cosart to acquire a first baseman. Michael Morse still looks to be the best fit in free agency for them at the position.
  • Korean shortstop Jung-ho Kang is expected to be posted on Monday. There are several teams with interest, including the Athletics, Mets and Giants.
  • The Twins have interest in free agent third baseman Jack Hannahan. He would likely only get a minor league deal.

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User Comments

December 15, 2014 - 8:46 AM EST
Chisux are making a move(s). Harrelson must be shitting himself, or at least more than usual. Chi is a perfect spot for LaRoche who, other than handedness, is a clone of Konerko. They do love their big 1Bs. Ours is still better. Viva Santana!
December 15, 2014 - 6:35 AM EST
@ Homer... Agree with the sentiment regarding making a run at him.. When you watch his swing.. you see the mirror of Shin-soo Choo.. he has a wide base.. strong torso turn and a bat that slightly upper cuts for a long long time in the hitting zone. His follow through is a less than gentle "carry around" to a sawed off finish. His power is undeniable.. Indians' interest will come down to terms and conditions of the posting and contract..

The Indians could be spectators.. or acquire the next Shin-soo Choo..we'll know by the end of the week..
December 15, 2014 - 6:10 AM EST
Just throwing this out there....

The Indians have reportedly scouted Kang, 27. There was speculation it could take as much as $39M to land Kang with posting anticipated in the $5-$15M range and rumors Kang wants a 3/$24M contract. It's hard to gauge where his actual cost will fall with a number of teams reportedly split on his ability to translate at the plate in the bigs.

There is also some question which is the best position for Kang. Kang has played SS in SKorea, but also has experience all around the diamond. Despite the questions, Kang has performed at a high level, receiving the Golden Glove award, the American equivalent being the Silver Slugger. Kang's RH power (39hrs last yr) and his ability to play SS may drive up his mkt. However, with the uncertainty tied to his position and his swing I don't think he gets 3/$24M. It just takes one team...and with power lacking around the big leagues a team may view $39M a cheap(er) alternative (than FA) for multiple yrs of control.

IF Kang's bat is legit this is an opportunity for a team like the Indians to add a young RH hitting power bat for multiple yrs and with some positional flexibility. I've heard some comparisons to Hideki Matsui. Kang reportedly boasts a 60 arm, however, lacks the athleticism to likely stay at SS. However, his experience around the diamond may lead to him transitioning smoothly to another position, or it may simply mean he is utilized as a UTL player with a power bat.

There is really no consensus on Kang, but with RH power lacking in the majors lacking, he seems likely to get paid. I would like to see the Indians take a chance on him, but not at $39M (total). If the Indians could get him for nearly half ($20-24M total over 3yrs) Id like to see them make a run at him.

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