Sep 25, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves catcherEvan Gattis
(24) grounds out in the fifth inning of their game against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Turner Field. The Pirates won 10-1. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Here is a trade I think could work out for both the Chicago Sox and the Atlanta Braves … trade catcher/left fielder Evan Gattis to the South Side.
Here is what Joel Sherman of the New York Post tweeted:
My question is, Why not the White Sox?
Sep 3, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Chicago White Sox catcherJosh Phegley
(36) talks to Chicago White Sox starting pitcherJohn Danks
(50) during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
Maybe this could be an opportunity for the White Sox to send the Braves some pitching depth they need in John Danks, even if the White Sox have to pay some of the contract?
It would free up part of the White Sox payroll to go after other free agents, and fix other areas of need, especially the bullpen.
Am I crazy in thinking this could be a possible trade?
Gattis (6-4, 260 pounds) would be a lot cheaper than trying to sign Victor Martinez out of free agency, and Gattis is still young at 28 years old. A 28-year old with just two seasons in the majors, and one who can play catcher, left field and designated hitter for the White Sox could be what they are looking for.
He won’t be a free agent until 2019, and this past season cost the Braves $520,250, a price tag that is a lot cheaper than that of Martinez.
In ’14 Gattis played in 108 games, where he batted .263 with 22 home runs and 52 RBIs. His on-base percentage was .317 and he finished with a slugging percentage of .493.
Also on the stat sheet, Gattis has an OPS of .810 and finished with 97 total hits (17 doubles). His WAR (wins above replacement) is 2.2, which in comparison is close to current White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers, who is at 2.3.
In more comparisons with Flowers and Gattis … Flowers in ’14 batted .241 with a .297 OBP and .396 SLG. His OPS was .693.
Getting a player like Gattis could be a steal for the White Sox in ’15. In his rookie season in ’13, Gattis played left field for 48 games, but last year he didn’t play a single game at the position.
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Gattis committed four errors in LF in ’13, but I’m not saying sign him to be a sure thing at left field either, but he could be an improvement over Dayan Viciedo, right?
What I like about Gattis is he seems to have a good dive to wanting to play baseball, an attitude I believe would work really well with the current roster of players on the South Side. He gives that feel of being an “old-school” type of player, I mean he doesn’t even wear batting gloves.
A player like Gattis won’t change the entire landscape for the White Sox, but he would bring a lot of value for his flexibility to the roster. Plus if the White Sox can get a player like Gattis for his current market value, they could use that savings to improve on a number of other positions within the franchise.