So it has been a week Sox fans. So much hope seemed to just come crashing to the ground, Spring training has just started and the Sox have played two games. Let’s dive into a quick recap of the week’s news.
Yoan Moncada reported to spring training and was placed at third base. It seems that will be his defensive position going forward, White Sox manager Ricky Renteria believes a move to third will improve Yoans concentration in the field and at bat. “I think that playing third might allow him to free himself up, simply because he’s going to have to be more focused,” Renteria said. “At second base, you can get a little bit more lackadaisical. I think that it’s possible, and there’s no guarantee, that playing third base rounds out his focus a little bit more on both sides of the ball. At least that’s an expectation or a hope we might have.”
The Manny Machado saga finally came to an end. It did not come to the end the White Sox and fans wanted, on Tuesday Jeff Passan reported that Manny chose the San Diego Padres, not the Chicago White Sox. The press conference announcing the deal took place on Friday and the Padres made sure Sox fans knew they lost out on him. When talking about the Machado derby the Padres chairman Ron Fowler said it was fun and “We’re a lot happier than the Whitesox right now”. Yeah, that hurts. Machado signed a 10 year 300 million dollar deal with the Padres, and from all reports, the White Sox offered less guaranteed money, and fewer years with no opt out. Mort wrote about the piss poor messaging after the news broke, and Andy wrote about why losing out on Manny hurts so bad.
The White Sox added Ervin Santana on a minor league deal. It does not guarantee him a 40 man roster spot but adds him to the 5th starter position battle. Ervin was hampered by a finger issue that still lingers now and he is not 100 percent sure he’ll be ready to go on Opening Day. Santana threw his second bullpen session on Saturday, and all eyes will be on his velocity which dropped last season. The drop was more than likely caused by his finger issues, the Sox are obviously hoping that velocity comes back and he regains the form of his 2017 season where he touted a 3.81 and 4.46 FIP, respectively.
The Sox also signed Preston Tucker to a minor league deal. The 28-year-old Tucker played for Atlanta and Cincinnati last year, batting .229 with six homers and 27 RBIs in 97 games. Tucker is an outfielder in an already jammed packed outfield. He will get some run in Spring Training but I expect him to be playing games in triple-A to start the season.
Quick note, Daniel Palka left Sundays Spring Training game against the Padres with some hamstring tightness. Palka felt it as he rounded first base after flying out in the second inning. The Sox say he is day-to-day.
There is your recap of the White Sox week that wrapped up in Sunday, February 24th. I hope you enjoyed it, let us know if you did on Twitter @SidedSox. You can email us at SoxSided@gmail.com and like us on Facebook. Thanks as always for reading.