The offseason is an ideal time for shoot-the-shit posts, and here’s one that makes the cut before the end of the year.
By now, you have probably heard that Blake Snell is leaving the American League, dealt for three tasty Padres prospects — Luis Patiño (San Diego’s No. 3 prospect), Blake Hunt (No. 9), Cole Wilcox (No. 10) — as well as a useful, young backup catcher in Francisco Mejía.
It’s funny, because almost the minute Jeff Passan at ESPN reported that Snell was at least being floated by Tampa Bay, most of baseball just shook their heads and figured Passan was getting a little bit played by Tampa. Turns out, as is often the case, Passan was right on it; while the Rays might not have had Snell on the block, San Diego swooping in and offering prime prospect capital for a player owed more than $40 million and a least a little miffed over how his 2020 playoffs ended (early hook!) was an offer the perpetually-retooling Rays couldn’t refuse.
With the Padres acquiring Snell (and apparently leading the bids for Yu Darvish), one of the most likely destinations for Trevor Bauer is off the board. While teams like the Yankees and Dodgers still lead the pack for Bauer’s services, having a Sox-ish (and boy, given our clubs’ respective spending, that’s a loose “ish”) bidder out of the running perhaps helps Chicago’s pursuit of Bauer.
If there is a pursuit.
And if any of us really want there to be a pursuit.
(Seriously, Tony La Russa, Adam Eaton and Bauer in the same clubhouse?)
But, in more encouraging news, Oscar Colás has been tabbed as a future White Sox by at least one source very close to him:
Yes, our Luke Smailes made note of Oscar Colás on Instagram, sharing Luis Robert’s message announcing him as the “next Cuban on the White Sox.” Yes, that message came complete with a row of five hearts, in case you doubt La Pantera’s desire to one day steal fly balls from a countryman right fielder.
Robert has a lot of money, but at the moment is not the White Sox GM and as far as we can tell doesn’t have any authority to negotiate contracts for the club. However, given Colás’ depleted money market (in large thanks to the push-back of the international signing date from this past July to next January), rumors have Colás perhaps punting a year and signing with an MLB club in January 2022. That would make the White Sox eligible to sign Colás (who will be just 23 years old) to a similar contract as Yoelqui Céspedes.