The White Sox checked in on Christian Yelich. Jerry Crasnick tweets talks with the Miami Marlins never gained much traction.
The Chicago White Sox inquired on Miami Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich. Jerry Crasnick tweets talks with the Marlins never gained much traction and was just routine. Yelich is reportedly unhappy but was willing to give the new front office a chance to explain their plan. Crasnick adds that rival executives think Miami will keep him.
Yelich would fit quite well in the White Sox rebuilding plan. He is 26 and plays a really solid left field. Although he could potentially play center field if need be. The left-hander hit .282 with 18 home runs and 81 RBIs in 2017. He also stole 16 bases.
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A potential trade for Yelich would be an aggressive move by Rick Hahn. He would need to give up some good talent to get him but it could be worth it. Yelich has been a solid contributor and is still young. He would also fill an outfield spot. The best thing about him is his contract. He is signed through 2021 and has a $15 million option for 2022, meaning he has five years of control.
Hahn mentioned the team would take some risks and if they were to acquire players, they were looking to acquire players that were controllable. However, it takes two to tango and it’s possible all the negative attention Marlins’ CEO Derek Jeter has garnered will slow down the fire sale. On the other hand, he could demand a trade to get himself out of there but he does not have much leverage, due to his contract.
Even though this may have been more so Hahn doing his due diligence than trying to make a trade, it’s good to see the White Sox in the news. We’ve seen them involved in two big names. The other being Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles. They may not have been able to acquire them but it wasn’t for a lack of trying.
Hahn is doing a great job reshaping this roster. He definitely sees value in taking his time and really making sure he makes the right deal. It wouldn’t be surprising to see the White Sox circle back to Yelich or Machado if both become available later in the 2018 season.