White Sox Could Reopen Robertson Talks With Nationals
White Sox talks with Washington regarding David Robertson hit a roadblock. However, Nick Carfardo writes those talks could pick back up.
Nick Carfardo of the Boston Globe writes the Chicago White Sox and Washington Nationals could reopen their talks regarding closer David Robertson. It was previously reported the talks hit a roadblock. However, Carfardo writes the White Sox could have interest in catching prospect Pedro Severino.
It may seem odd the organization bring in another catcher. They seemed to be comfortable with the group they have. But Severino is a young prospect, who is ranked in Washington’s top 10. That could give them additional depth behind Omar Narvaez and Geovany Soto. Those are the two expected to break camp with the roster spots.
The only question would be where Zack Collins fits into all this if Severino does become the catcher of the future. Given his bat, its possible the White Sox find a place for him maybe at first base if Abreu is gone. However, most in the organization view Collins as a catcher, not at another position.
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Rick Hahn has been adamant about trading the veterans to continue building the farm system. So far he has done a marvelous job. The one thing he doesn’t want to do is make a trade just to do it. He has been very careful to ensure the guys he is bringing will contribute to the team.
We know Hahn prefers to trade guys prior to opening day. With that creeping closer, the likelihood of him making a move drops. However, there will be plenty of opportunity to make trades at the trade deadline. That gives someone like Robertson the chance to increase his value. Of course you worry about him losing value but he has been a solid reliever since his last season in New York.
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The bottom line is the organization may not have a spot for him once Zack Burdi is ready to go. Some scouts even said the talented righty was ready for the big leagues last season. Burdi is definitely the future at the closer position. So it would be best for the White Sox to cash in and get a quality prospect for Robertson while they still can.