Oh hell yeah the White Sox have made their first blockbuster free agent signing of the winter. The big-time free agent deal that is going to accelerate this rebuild, and propel the Sox right back into the division hunt in 2017. That's right, the White Sox have signed Derek Holland . Anytime you can replace Chris Sale with Derek Holland, you are one step closer to that world title, my friends. Okay, seriously, this isn't an exciting signing, but it's not supposed to be. This is just the boring kind of signing that you're supposed to make during a rebuild, as you still need people to fill out those 25 roster spots while your prospects continue to bake in the oven. So what do you need to know about the Holland signing? Let's break it down.
Like so many White Sox fans I barely paid attention to an exciting 1-0 game with one of the best pitchers in baseball as well as Clayton Kershaw last night. I was too busy following every little update about what wound up being the trade that sent Todd Frazier , David Robertson , and Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees for Blake Rutherford and other dudes. After the trade was finally announced, my excitement only intensified with the news that Yoan Moncada was finally being called up. Happy Yoan Moncada Day, by the way. As for the trade itself, now that I've slept on it and spent a few more hours thinking about it, I suppose my reaction to it is still similar to how I felt last night when it all started breaking. I'm surprised. I'm not surprised that Frazier and Robertson were dealt. That's been expected since the winter. I'm surprised that they were packaged together along with Tommy Kahnle in one deal. I'm also surprised by the return the White Sox go
Sports betting became legal in the state of Illinois in 2020, and in the last week it became a lot easier to place a bet. Originally, if you wanted to start an account at a local book, you had to open the account in person at the book. Only after doing that would you be able to place bets online or on your phone. Well, you can now open an account online. The pandemic that has robbed us of sports ironically led to making it easier for us to bet on the sports we no longer have. I opened a BetRivers account online earlier this week, and then began doing what I always do: I looked for odds I could exploit. I found them rather easily too. Once sports betting became legal in Illinois I was interested in seeing what kind of lines and value I could find on Chicago-related odds. It's important to remember that while there are professional gamblers out there who treat it no differently than others treat the stock market, the overwhelming majority of sports bettors are doing it for fun
Hey, if your head (as a player) is more worried about LaRoche's son being able to sit on the bench during spring training/season, then do us a favor.....Tell Kenny now so you can be dealt. I don't want distractions for this team, or people who are worried about Non-Baseball-Championship things. Being a Daddy at Work, which is what LaRoche is attempting, isn't gonna happen...especially while he is a subpar player being paid megabucks. IF there are Sox players who feel this cause is bigger than a winning season, then speak up. Your AAA Charlotte ticket is waiting. Adam LaRoche's selfish interests are never to be placed above the Team's greater needs...and he is a fool for injecting his child into public scrutiny over it. JamesReplyDelete
Kenny Williams poorly mishandled this situation. Not only did he not address it in the off season, but he circumvented his manager and his General Manager to do it. In doing so, he may have laid a huge turd in the 2016 punch bowl. I don't disagree with Kenny, but in the way he chose to address it. My only other question is how much is Uncle Jerry involved in this and why couldn't he, the great negotiator, talk LaRoche off the ledge?ReplyDelete