We all know the White Sox are in fire sale mode, but at some point you need to make sure you have at least some assets to trade. The Sox have agreed to one year deals with Todd Frazier, Dan Jennings, Jake Petricka and Zach Putnam:
The White Sox agreed to one-year contracts with five players on Friday, including a $12-million deal for Todd Frazier….
The team also agreed to deals with relievers Dan Jennings ($1.4 million), Zach Putnam ($1.1175 million) and Jake Petricka ($825,000).
I would’ve loved to see Todd Frazier gone by now, but if the market simply isn’t there it makes little sense not to extend the 40-homer third baseman. At this point, you have to view almost every White Sox move as it pertains to the trade deadline. Hopefully Frazier can hit over .200 in the first half of the year to draw attention to some suitors.
Of the three pitchers, Jennings probably has the most potential for a decent return. Any left-handed reliever who has a good season is gold to teams who are trying to shape their bullpen for an October run. Petricka and Putnam were once thought to have back end of the bullpen potential but both have had up and down starts to their careers.