Seeking help at third base, could White Sox move Floyd?

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Seeking help at third base, could White Sox move Floyd?

Gavin Floyd is with the White Sox for now but theright-handed pitcher might not last the offseason.With limited money to spend and several spots to fill,including a large gap at third base, White Sox general manager Rick Hahn saidhe would be creative this offseason to address his teams roster needs. The White Sox have nine players under contract for 89.25million and are expected to open the season with a 97-100 million payroll.The White Sox picked up Floyds 9.5 million club optionlast week, leaving them flush with starting rotation depth. Part of Hahns strategy to complete the White Sox mayinclude a trade of one of his starting pitchers. With the GM meetings set toopen in Palm Desert, Calif. on Wednesday, Hahn thinks he may hear from otherclubs interested in the White Sox starting pitching depth.I suspect given this market for pitchers that is out thereright now, I think were going to hear from a lot of teams about our startingpitching depth, Hahn said. I think were going to be pretty popular in thatregard vis-a-vis trades because were in a better position than a lot of clubsright now.In terms of starting pitching, Hahn has a comfortable seat. The White Sox retained Floyd and Jake Peavy earlier in theweek and thus far, John Danks, who is under contract, appears to be on track topitch in spring training after he had shoulder surgery on Aug. 6. The team alsocontrols the contracts of Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and Hector Santiago, whocould move into the rotation.Hahn also believes Triple-A starters Simon Castro and NestorMolina can contribute in the majors soon.Those factors make Floyd -- who went 12-11 with a 4.29 ERAin 29 starts and is a free agent next season -- a strong candidate for a trade.Floyd has made at least 29 starts the last five seasons andis 70-66 with a 4.46 career ERA. He also finished the season strong after hemade an adjustment to his delivery, going 3-2 with a 3.03 ERA in his final fivestarts.Those numbers might appeal to a team in need of a solidshort-term addition to its rotation for the 2013 season. Not only would theWhite Sox free themselves of Floyds 9.5 million of salary, they potentiallycould package the veteran pitcher with another player to acquire a thirdbaseman.Floyd is no stranger to trade rumors. In 2009, Floyd for Baltimores Brian Roberts was anoft-floated rumor while last offseason it was speculated he was headed to theToronto Blue Jays. The trade gossip isnt likely to go away soon thisoffseason, either. Asked on Thursday if hed consider trading a startingpitcher, Hahn didnt shy away from the suggestion.Its absolutely conceivable, Hahn said. Nothing is set instone in terms of, Heres our starting five. Heres our back end of therotation and this guys here. We will absolutely listen on any ideas andtrades will be one of the avenues we pursue to potentially fill some of ourholes.

White Sox avoid arbitration with Todd Frazier, four pitchers

White Sox avoid arbitration with Todd Frazier, four pitchers

The White Sox agreed to one-year contracts with five players on Friday, including a $12-million deal for Todd Frazier.

Frazier established a franchise record for home runs by a third baseman in 2016 when he blasted 40 in his first season with the White Sox. A free agent after the 2017 season, Frazier hit .225/.302/.464 in 666 plate appearances, drove in a career high 98 runs and produced 2.4 Wins Above Replacement, according to fangraphs.com. 

Starting pitcher Miguel Gonzalez is set to earn $5.9 million this season. The team also agreed to deals with relievers Dan Jennings ($1.4 million), Zach Putnam ($1.1175 million) and Jake Petricka ($825,000).

The White Sox acquired Frazier in a three-player trade from the Cincinnati Reds in December 2015. It's expected they would try to trade Frazier, who has hit 104 homers since 2014 and participated in the All-Star Game Home Run Derby three consecutive years, before the Aug 1 non-waiver trade deadline as part of the club's rebuilding efforts. 

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Gonzalez went 5-8 with a 3.73 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) after he was signed to a minor-league deal in early April. 

Jennings posted a 2.08 ERA in 60 2/3 innings. 

Putnam had a 2.30 ERA in 27 1/3 innings with 30 strikeouts before he had surgery to remove bone chips from his right elbow. 

Petricka was limited to nine appearances before his season was ended by hip surgery.

Both Petricka and Putnam are expected to be ready for spring training.

Top White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada impresses club at minicamp

Top White Sox prospect Yoan Moncada impresses club at minicamp

It was a limited look, but Yoan Moncada made a strong first impression on the White Sox this week.

Acquired from the Boston Red Sox last month in the Chris Sale trade, Moncada arrived in Glendale, Ariz., earlier this week with the franchise hopeful he'd offer a glimpse of the skills that earned him the designation as baseball's top prospect.

Moncada didn't disappoint, either, as he had White Sox evaluators excited throughout a three-day hitters camp. Whether it's his physicality, how he carried himself or his baseball IQ, White Sox staffers couldn't have been happier about their first experience with their new prized possession.

"(Moncada) looks like a linebacker, but he moves like a wide receiver," player development director Chris Getz said. "He's got good actions. He's obviously a switch hitter. He's got power. He can hit. He's got a good smile. He seems to be enjoying himself out here, he interacts well with his teammates.

"So far it has been very impressive, and we look forward to seeing more."

Hitting coach Todd Steverson said Moncada, 21, looked every bit the part when he first observed him from across the hall at the team's facility. Steverson spoke to friends in the scouting community and wasn't the least bit surprised when he encountered the 6-foot-2, 205-pound second baseman. Moncada was just as impressive on the field with his skills and effort, Steverson said.

"This is a large specimen right here," Steverson said. "He's put together pretty well.

"On defense it looks like he has some really good hands.

"He got in the box and he hadn't swung for a while. But still, you could tell he had good hands going through the zone, has a nice approach and wants to work real hard."

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Moncada's fancy tools have been well publicized since he received a $31.5-million signing bonus from the Red Sox in March 2015.

MLB.com graded Moncada's hit tool at 60 on the 20-80 scouting scale while his base running is 65 and arm is 60. Moncada's power received a 55 grade, and his fielding is 50. Moncada received an overall grade of 65, which suggests he has the ability to be a perennial All-Star and worth 4 Wins Above Replacement, according to fangraphs.com.

But the White Sox weren't just impressed with Moncada's physical ability.

One of manager Rick Renteria's top objectives for the camp was to emphasize fundamentals and what's important to the team. Renteria wanted to identify specific game situations and how players are expected to handle them so they're well prepared for the future. Moncada handled that area well, too.

"Yoan is a very knowledgeable baseball player who has experience on a multitude of levels," amateur scouting director Nick Hostetler said. "In the brief time we had with him this week, he showed a tremendous ability to drive the ball the opposite way as well as drive balls to the gap and out of the ball park from both sides of the plate. That ability will help him handle and any all situations that Ricky asks him to do at the plate. Defensively his hands and feet are very good and will have no problem there. He's a bright hard-working kid that is part of a bright future for the organization."