Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey has done impressive work atop the team’s front office since his hiring in 2016. Considering his success with the Twins and his Boston roots, he could land on the Red Sox’s radar as they seek a replacement for fired president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski. At this point, though, the Red Sox haven’t asked the Twins’ permission to interview Falvey, according to Dan Hayes of The Athletic (subscription required). Falvey, for his part, is “very happy” with his current gig, Hayes hears. However, as Hayes writes, the excellence of the AL Central-leading Twins may be costly for the club in a sense. Other organizations could attempt to poach some members of their front office and coaching staff, with Hayes naming three of manager Rocco Baldelli’s top assistants – bench coach Derek Shelton, hitting coach James Rowson and pitching coach Jeremy Hefner – as well as farm director Jeremy Zoll as possible targets for rival teams. Falvey realizes it’s going to be difficult to bring the entire band back in 2020. “As much as I love everybody we’ve brought in, I’ve never been of a mind that you’re always going to retain people,” Falvey told Hayes, adding, “If we’re creating the right environment, we’re growing a lot of people in that room into roles that may not exist here.”
- Back in May, Royals left fielder Alex Gordon considered himself “at about 60-40” to play again in 2020. Four months later, though, Gordon might not be quite as sure. The 35-year-old Kansas City icon told Andy McCullough of The Athletic (subscription) that he wants to distance himself from a trying 2019 campaign before mapping out his future. “Losing 100 games, you’re tired, obviously, there’s going to be days when you’re like, ‘I don’t want to play next year,’” said Gordon, who expressed a desire “to take the grind out of the season before I make that decision.” Gordon has already said he’ll either remain a Royal or retire, while general manager Dayton Moore seems more than willing to bring him back. But sticking around will require Gordon and the team to draw up a new contract, as KC will decline his $23MM mutual option in favor of a $4MM buyout.
- As noted on Thursday, the White Sox would be wise to seek an upgrade at second base during the offseason. Current starter Yolmer Sanchez hasn’t been the answer at the position, having batted .250/.320/.317 with almost no power (two home runs, .067 ISO) in 519 plate appearances. Consequently, Sanchez’s days with the team could indeed be numbered, Steve Greenberg of the Chicago Sun-Times observes. The 27-year-old’s slated to reach arbitration for the second-last time during the offseason, when he’ll seek a raise over his 2019 salary of $4.625MM, though the club may elect to move on from him instead. Sanchez doesn’t want that to happen, however, as the White Sox are the only organization he has known since he signed out of Venezuela in 2009. ‘‘When I was a little kid, I wanted to play baseball because I loved it,’’ Sanchez told Greenberg. ‘‘I still love it. I played for fun then, and I play for fun now. But I play for the Chicago White Sox. I’ve tried to enjoy every day I’ve spent here. I hope there are a lot more days.’’
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Baldelli for AL manager of the year BTW!!!
Great call!! He has been exceptional from day one in using all his players and by rotating them, sometimes to positions they have rarely or never played, he had created some experienced versatility that has played well when someone has missed time.
Are you saying you’re a baseball insider lol or are you asking whether or not this is a good place for content?
Yes it is but please don’t feed the trolls…..
No. Everybody here already knows everything.
“the White Sox would be wise to seek an upgrade at second base during the offseason”
Yah, his name is Nick Madrigal, and he’ll be up a couple weeks into the season.
The White Six are on the come up. I think they are a lick to finish no worse than the middle of the AL Central pack next season. With Cleveland’s pitching/Lindor problems they might even look like a top 2 team. They have the biggest available bank account in that division too so who knows? Maybe Chicago spends some of that unused Manny Machado money to sign a player like Gerrit Cole along with some complimentary pieces. If all that happens and Eloy Jimenez starts adjusting to major league pitching and gets on base more then Chicago really could stand a chance of overtaking the Twins next year as well. I feel bad for KC fans and even more so for Baltimore and Detroit fans. White Sox fans need not worry. You have endured the pain of a losing team long enough. The future is bright!
Eloy has already started adjusting. He has been on an absolute tear in September (.352/.403/.690), and since August 1, he’s slashing .308/.344/.546.
His August numbers must be pretty darned shoddy for all those numbers to add up.
Slightly below league average – .281/.305/.456
Considering how slowly he started the year and the missed time because of injuries, it showed signs of improvement.
I agree with a lot of what you say here about the White Sox but two things I slightly disagree with. Cleveland’s pitching/Lindor problems? Lindor is still under control for two more seasons and yes he’s going to get a decent pay bump from arbitration this year but his RBUI and HR numbers are going to down a little from last year since he missed time to start the year and those are two of the biggest factors in arbitration so it actually wont’ be as big as it should be most likely. On their pitching if you assume Kluber and Carrasco is back (I know big if there) come back fully healthy Cleveland will probably have the best rotation in baseball with Kluber, Carrasco, Clevinger, and Bieber., That’s an insanely good rotation. The Twins are a little more of a wildcard since a lot depends on what they do this off season with their rotation. If the Twins lets say add MadBum, resign Odorizzi and maybe trade for a start well then they will probably be division favorites for the next 3-5 years because most of their offense will be back next season and the guys they are losing will be replaced by high level prospects (obviously those could flop) so in theory those spots could actually improve. I think the White Sox definitely have a bright future and will be a contender in the coming years I just don’t think the Twins or Indians are going away anytime soon, especially the Twins.
As much as I love to see the White Sox sign Cole, I think it’s a bad idea since he is pitching well on a contract year to get his pay day. I rather see the Sox trade away some minor league players for a team looking to move a big contract to start a rebuild. The Nationals can be a team looking to rebuild if a guy like Strasburg opts out if they don’t go anywhere this year. That’s when a guy like Schrezer will demand a trade.
I like Yolmer. I’d like to see him come back as a utility infielder. High energy, decent defense and stays healthy.
I’m with you. Yolmer Sanchez would provide a nice veteran presence on the White Sox bench, a team that is transitioning from rebuild to contender mode but is still chock full of young players with more on the way in Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal.
MLB active rosters will be expanding to 26 players next season with a cap of 13 pitchers. The White Sox will be wise to carry 3 catchers in 2020 to ensure that both James McCann and Zack Collins will see at least semi-regular playing time in the same batting order with the former as their primary backstop and the latter as a top option to DH versus right-handed pitching. To best accommodate this, a third catcher would be needed as a reserve on the bench. That spot might fall to Yermin Mercedes who possesses a powerful right-handed bat which could be used in a platoon tandem with Collins lefty stick in the DH role.
The extra roster spot in 2020 alone could make this possible. If the White Sox also carrying two players who profile best as versatile utility reserves on the bench a beneficial platoon could also occur at another position. perhaps a currently open one like RF. Sanchez would fit that profile as an infielder who can play 2B, SS and 3B. Leury Garcia could be even more valuable as a reserve with the ability to play those positions as well as all three outfield spots.
If the White Sox elect to move on from a more expensive Sanchez as he enters his second season of arbitration they have other in house options who could perform the same role for less dollars. They would include newbie Danny Mendick and veteran Ryan Goins, the latter who is still arb-eligible but has never received a salary much above the MLB minimum in his 7 partial seasons as a big leaguer that has amounted to just 4.030 years of actual service time.
It make little sense to get rid of Yolmer, especially since they clearly have . no intention of bringing up Madrigal until he fixes problems that will magically disappear in May.
He has another two years of control, and can play 3B and 2B with competence, and fake it well enough at SS.
The team’s payroll is low enough to absorb his salary, and still add pieces. At the very least, they need to trade him, and get something back in return. A lot of team have the rosters to absorb a light-hitting defensive wizard within their lineups.
I suspect that same line of reasoning will also impact the debut of CF Luis Robert next season. Of course the White Sox can be prudent once again and just sign both of them to long term contract extensions before they see their first MLB pitch like the did with Eloy Jimenez last spring and have them all in the opening day lineup versus the Royals on March 26th at Guaranteed Rate Field.
The White Sox offense with Madigral and Robert joining Moncada, Anderson, and Jiminez is going to be something to watch next season!
Please stop with your continued insistence that “the White Sox would be wise to seek an upgrade at second base during the offseason”. I will just repeat my basic post from yesterday’s “3 Needs Article”:
…the White Sox needing to seek a long term answer OR short term fix to solve their 2B problem is ludicrous. They have one in house: Nick Madrigal, a player they invested a first round pick in 15 months ago who is clearly MLB ready with his bat, glove, legs and perhaps most importantly his high baseball IQ. https://www.baseball-reference.com/register/player.fcgi?id=madrig000nic
Furthermore, to even suggest the White Sox bypass Madrigal in favor of shifting Yoan Moncada back to his old position is equally absurd. Moncada thrived this season at the plate and in the infield when the White Sox moved him off of the more mentally demanding position of 2B to the more instinctive one at 3B. Moncada was never winning a Gold Glove at the keystone position but may one day at the hot corner.
Meanwhile, Madrigal will be a perennial Gold Glove candidate at 2B as well as a contender for numerous batting titles with his uncanny ability to put the ball in play. If you don’t believe me just check out his stats as a pro thus far that includes a mere 5 errors in 147 games played at 2B along with just 21 strikeouts in his first 705 PA’s across 4 different levels.
I don’t know about that. I think the White Sox would be much better off trying to trade Madrigal and maybe another very high end prospect or two + Giolito to the Mets for Cano. Cano hasn’t had the best season this year so if Chicago is willing to pick up all of his salary in the deal it should be enough to get it done.
Cano might be a future hall of famer so if that deal doesn’t get it done then I am sure that throwing Eloy Jimenez in might sweeten the pot enough to make things work. The only problem is that Eloy got that big contract early on so the White Sox would likely have to throw in some $ as well. $43 million is a lot to pay for a guy with such little experience.
@Stand Up Guy
Nice sarcasm lol. You had me initially to where I thought you were on some serious drugs, but after the Eloy thing, I realized it was sarcasm. I will say it was a good effort on your part.
I like where you’re going – I’ll bet if they parted with some top prospects and took on some money they could swing deals for miggy and pujols. Then you are stacked with legends. Plus they’re under long contracts so you wouldn’t even have room for the prospects to come up anyways.
If they take back Jed Lowie’s contract, and throw in another prospect, say
Andrew Vaughn, they might get it done.
Stop feeding the “new” troll. My guess is that he is really “dogbone” who changed his user ID and became “StandUpGuy.
Nah. I’m not whoever dogbone is. Honestly. You’re the 2nd person to bring up “feeding the trolls.” I was being sarcastic before but I don’t know what that means exactly. I’m not sure what feeding a troll is but I would definitely like to think I’m not a troll.
Don’t forget about Chris Davis. That guy hit over 50 home runs a few years ago. David Wright is incredible too. If they play their cards right they could get him and Bobby Bonilla from the Mets. While they are at it I think Bruce Sutter is only owed around $10 million next year from the Braves. If they can get him they will be the first team in MLB history to actually have a current Hall of Famer playing for them.
Clueless take on the white sox. Madrigal will be at 2B amd Yolmer will be a utility infielder. Just like CF where Robert will take over and leury Garcia as utility OF.
Alex is 35??? Jesus he still plays like hes
That might have something to do with his very strict diet ( He hasn’t eaten sugar since they won the World Series and he ate some cake or ice cream). he also still has a pretty strict workout routine, though he changed it a little this year.
Take Falvey you can have him.
Have you paid any sort of attention to the Twins? He’s done what he said he was going to do. And really this current team is ahead of his plan by a year or more. I’ll admit I wasn’t a huge fan of him in the early going’s but I give him credit and think he’s done a pretty good job. If you are grading him only on pitching acquisitions then maybe there’s a case. But in fairness it’s not like there were any guys out there worth breaking the bank for so holding onto top prospects and or money was absolutely the right thing to do. Doesn’t necessarily please the fans but it was the right thing to do.
He strives for mediocrity and not excellence. Any Twins fan could see that the pitching wheels were falling off way before the deadline. With his dumb luck he assembled a record setting team. What this team needed was for him to get a pitcher to put the peddle down, and be the go to guy the team could count on. They don’t even have a number 3 pitcher to start a playoff game.
The Twins need a baseball guy in the front office who can access talent and knows what’s going on in the clubhouse. We don’t need baseball nerds in control.
I said it before and I’ll keep saying it—all the White Sox need is quality pitching. Start the offseason with a $210MM/6 bid on Cole. That should be enough, but if some other team offers slightly more, match it PLUS performance incentives (Cy Young, innings pitched, strike out leader, etc.). That’s it. I’m not a big fan of Puig, but if he can be added on a reasonable contract to play RF on a 3 or 4 year contract, make it so. With Robert and Madrigal on the way, and current rostered players improving at the plate, the Sox will score more runs next season. It will be moot, however, with an inconsistent starting rotation that relies solely on Giolito. Too many unknowns with young pitchers coming back from serious injuries who still need time to learn and develop (Cease, Kopech, Lopez).
All that bid will do is drive up the price on Garret Cole. We all know that he will be pitching somewhere in southern California beginning next season, most likely for the Angels who are a 20-minute drive from his home in Newport Beach. He can stay home, drinking beer and BBQ with his neighbor Mike Trout and then watch football with him in the offseason. They might even invite Shohei Ohtani over on occasion for additional laughs with the paparazzi.
Lower your expectations this offseason and set your sites on a more realistic veteran option to help anchor the White Sox young pitching staff. My money is on Mark Buehrle clone Dallas Keuchel who will come much cheaper and can’t be tagged with a qualifying offer. Another good bet would be Wade Miley.
With no quality left-handed hitting options available in free agency this winter I see the White Sox targeting their next right-fielder via a trade, setting their sites on teams with a surplus like the Dodgers and Mets. Possible targets would include Alex Verdugo, Michael Conforto and Brandon Nimmo.
Again, players play for teams willing to pay them the most money. Half the league live in other countries during the offseason, and they manage just fine. Fans can’t relate to this lifestyle, but players accept it as part of the business.
Even if the Sox completely whiff this Winter, the Sox at the very least need to extend Yoan, Gio, preferably Robert and Madrigal before the season starts, and even Lopez and Cease, though Yoan and Gio are the main ones. Kopech’s a year too early for an extension, but I wouldn’t slam Hahn if he were that aggressive with the extensions. And McCann would be a good one to extend, as long as it’s team friendly.
I’m not saying I would be OK with the Sox completely whiffing this Winter, because I would be angry, but I don’t see that happening. I could see what Aaron brought up with Keuchel as being a realistic option. And I’m sure they will get an upgrade in RF (or CF and move Robert to RF).
My take, the Sox won’t sign Cole, Rendon, or Strasburg (if he opts out). They’re all Boras clients, and more importantly, his meal tickets. Not every Boras client is going to hit the big payday, and Boras knows that. That’s why he’s now focusing on a few big paydays a year. His other clients will get paid, but probably below projected values. Look at Moose as just one example of that for Boras in the last couple years.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to see what unfolds this Winter for the Sox. I’m looking forward to see what the Opening Day roster looks like. And the way times flies, it will be here before we know it.
For the record, Dallas Keuchel is also a Scott Boras client. That being said, Keuchel should still be well withing the White Sox price range and tolerance level for years allocated towards pitcher contracts.
It also should be noted that Carlos Rodon is also a Boras client. The White Sox front office might have actually earned some bonus points with Boras for promoting Rodon as fast as they did despite the fact that it may have ultimately proved to be a disservice to the team and pitcher himself.
The Sox brought up Rodon early because they wanted to compete with him in the rotation with Sale, Quintana, and Shields. Things did not work out. Let’s be glad what the White Sox got for moving Quintana and Sale with Jiminez and Moncada. Kopech has next year to prove himself but I see him as a closer.
I don’t see a whole lot to be super excited about with Derek Falvey right now.
I think he’s been okay, but with as many swing and misses as hits in the small/midrange free agency market.
The Twins have been exceedingly gun-shy on trading top prospects for obvious needs and unwilling to sign players to big contracts in free agency which has crippled the franchise’s ability to address things like getting an ace pitcher or a game changing player.
Falvey’s trade results have been pretty average as well. The Twins have benefited greatly from Odorizzi’s career year this year and largely due to mechanical changes inspired by the new coaching staff. Falvey gets credit for that no doubt. He also takes the credit for the Pressly trade which is viewed as pretty bad in retrospect and didn’t look great at the time for that matter.
Ultimately, the Twins winning a division filled with terrible teams and looking like a 1 and done playoff team doesn’t represent much to hang his hat on as far as I’m concerned.
Gordo has been a great Royal, a regional hero, & his last two seasons (first 2 were horrid) of the contract have been plausible IMO but this might be the best time to step away based on several factors & quite frankly, he’s done all that he could do & no doubt has left it all on the field for that no one can question his work ethic & getting the most out of his ability. He is most certainly in the pantheon of great Royals…