After spending last night listening to babble about how the Sox were never actually serious contenders in the Cespedes sweepstakes, this morning I woke up to reports that we’ve missed out on yet another Cuban defector, this time to our pals 10 miles north. Jorge Soler is expected to sign with the Cubs. $27.5 million for an expected 3 or 4 years. I do feel it is important to emphasize the expected as Yoenis Cespedes, only a day ago, was expected to sign with the Marlins before being snagged by the A’s who up until that moment were not “serious contenders”. Now, while I don’t truly doubt that Soler will in the end become a Chicago Cub, I just figured it might be nice to cover my butt.
Kenny has been unable to do much of anything this off-season, all of us have surely noticed that. What I didn’t notice is that “much of anything” is in reality, “absolutely nothing.” The MLB Network program Clubhouse Confidential mentioned yesterday that the White Sox are MLBs foremost hand-sitters this winter, having spent $0 in free agency. Considering the splash made last winter, and the subsequent failure to live up to expectations, I don’t suppose this should come as a surprise. Despite the complaints of so many Sox fans who want to see things fixed, it may even be a step in the right direction. Unless you’re Bugs Bunny with a geographically inaccurate destination of China, you can’t get anywhere by digging yourself further into the hole.
Now if it’s alright with the fine folks in Cuba, I’d appreciate it if the next defector waited a year to make a break for it so that maybe we have a dollar or two we can toss in their direction.