Winter Meeting Wrap-up

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Winter meetings are now over and on Wednesday there was a flurry of activity. When the dust settles who will be declared the winner of the week, easily the Chicago White Sox.
Over a two-day period, the Chicago White Sox traded away Chris Sale and Adam Eaton to the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals respectively. Yes, the White Sox hurt their near term prospects of winning, but honestly they weren’t going to win anything anyways with the roster they had.

By trading away two players who long term may not have been on the roster anyway they got back 4 of MLB’s top 40 prospects. Of the prospects that came to Chicago the best two names are Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito. These two prospects alone could both be future all-starts. Then you add in the other prospects in Michael Kopech, Victor Diaz, Luis Alexander Basabe, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning.

In all likelihood the White Sox and new general manager Rick Hahn is probably not done. Don’t be surprised to see Jose Quintana and/or David Robertson next on the list of players on their way out. With the team not in contention this year or likely next Quintana’s two-year contract would be an attractive piece to move. With Nate Jones waiting in the wings with his 0.892 WHIP in 2016 it would be easy for the club to part ways with current closer Robertson and get a good if not great return for him, especially in what has shown to be a hot closer market this off-season (Aroldis Chapman – 5-year $86 million and Mark Melancon – 4-year $62 million).

There are still moves to be made, but as of now my vote for off-season winner is firmly with the Chicago White Sox.

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Arizona Fall League

If you can’t get enough baseball and have some vacation time coming up in October or November why not take a trip to see the Arizona Fall League. Schedules for this year’s AZL can be found here.

Visiting Arizona in October or November allows you to get away from the snow and cold weather and bask in the sun. Well, maybe not bask, but at least you won’t be freezing. Not to mention you can see some of the top prospects in the game before they make it big. Past rosters included Gary Sanchez, Sean Manaea, Aledmys Diaz and Jurickson Profar and that was just in 2015.

It really is a great time and helps to get over the lack of real baseball being played after the World Series. If you make the trip let us know and share your photos with us at @BBBaseball_Talk.

Byron Buxton, Prospect or Bust

Originally Posted on August 10th, 2016

On Sunday the Minnesota Twins had to make a roster move in order to make room for Trevor Plouffe. Their decision was to send down former number one prospect Byron Buxton. This wasn’t the first time the Twins felt the need to send Buxton back to Triple-A this season and it’s not the last we will see of him in the majors this season. Now we ask though, is Buxton a prospect or a bust?

Since turning pro at age 18 Byron Buxton has been a top prospect in the Twins organization. He was ranked the number one prospect in baseball for multiple years and was compared to superstar slugger Mike Trout at times. Problem is at this point that

Byron Buxton
By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA (Byron Buxton) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
has yet to live up to the hype. After two partial seasons in the majors he is hitting .209 with three home runs and 11 stolen bases. He strikes out 31.9% of the time and only walks less than four in every 100 at bats. In each of these two major league seasons Buxton has more strikeouts than walks and hits combined. He truly has looked over-matched in the big leagues.

Is it really Byron Buxton’s fault though or should we be looking at the Twins? Buxton has played in only 306 games in the minors, only 43 of those games came at Triple-A Rochester. Could it be that this 22 year old center fielder was pushed to the majors too soon? Does he need more seasoning after not playing a full season at any one level due to injuries or promotions? We tend to side on the it’s too early to tell. Buxton appears to have all the talent in the world and has thrived at Triple-A, but now he needs to develop as a major league hitter. He likely has more chances to prove himself with the big league club coming and when that happens we will get a better idea if he can make it long term.