Jason Castro seems to be our favorite to be the White Sox’ new catcher. Unfortunately, it seems some other teams have the same idea based on what Jeff Passan wrote on Friday.
Sources: Catching market heating up. Jason Castro sitting on offers from at least three AL teams. He's in top tier with Ramos and Wieters.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 11, 2016
Ah yes, baseball has noticed what’s happened in Chicago. If it’s easy for people to see a difference in results between catchers with their bare eyes, it’s much easier for those with sophisticated modeling. With framing still an unappreciated skill for many teams, it’s not a surprise that other teams see the value in Jason Castro. Well, unless all you want him for is to be a backup.
Red Sox writers obsess over Chris Sale. It seems like barely a week goes by without a mention of a Chris Sale trade. Over at BP Boston, though, they suggest a different trade target — Todd Frazier.
Two former Sox players are up for Hall of Fame election from the Eras committee this year, Harold Baines and Albert Belle. They face a tough road to selection here, though, as only three players have made it to the Hall of Fame through the Eras committees since formed in 2001.
In case you missed this on election day, Baseball America talked about their new top 10 prospects list for the White Sox. With Zack Collins as the new #1, there’s a lot of questions there about Collins. Most of the top 10 get some talk (sorry Jake Peter), and Nick Basto seems to be their sleeper pick assuming he can find a position.
Upcoming this week, the deadline for free agents to accept qualified offers is Monday. Also, Friday is the last day to add players to the 40-man roster to protect them from the Rule 5 draft so we should see some White Sox transactions by the end of the week. Finally, the Arizona Fall League ends this week.