White Sox “zeroing in” on Dellin Betances

Game 89: Ten Up
Reggie Jackson invited to rejoin Yankees later this week

Via Josh Norris, the White Sox are “zeroing in” on right-hander Dellin Betances after scouting his last three Double-A starts. No word on if the two sides are actually talking trade or anything like that, however. Betances does fit their style though, they grab big power arms and hope pitching coach Don Cooper can help them out. That part makes sense.

I’m not quite sure what the ChiSox realistically have to offer that can help the Yankees. Chicago’s contending so it’s not like they’re going to send over Matt Thornton or something, that would be ideal. Gordon Beckham would be a sweet change of scenery candidate, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.

Game 89: Ten Up
Reggie Jackson invited to rejoin Yankees later this week
  • Will The Thrill

    Paul Konerko please. Or maybe this is the third team as part of a three team trade!

    • Robert

      Three team deal is only way this makes any sense.

  • Brooklyn Ed

    let’s say it’s Gordon Beckham, would be take over 3B or utility player?

    • Jack

      I would assume util until he remembers how to hit.

    • AC

      Even if it’s a 3 team deal would you trade Betances for Gordon? Id rather move Betances and a package deal and land Garza who under control I think thru 2013.

      • Ted Nelson

        Who says the Cubs have interest in Betances, though? I mean I don’t really care for Garza as much as many (solid mid-rotation guy), but Betances is a long shot at this point.

        • Voice of Reason

          You never miss a chance do you? Obviously there’s no evidence that the Cubs like Dellin Betances, but clearly his point is that if you’re going to trade him, it might as well be as part of a package that can yield something of real value, rather than for a hack like Gordon Beckham. What’s the upside of that? Paying arb money to a slightly better utility player than Eduardo Nunez for the next few years? Might as well keep him and see if he straightens things out in that case.

          • Ted Nelson

            My point is that his trade value is very questionable right now. If you do trade him, there are probably only so many teams who are still bullish. (Like one seems like a lot.)

            I tend to agree they won’t move him. But if a team is actually seeking Betances out, that’s the best chance to get some value.

            Beckham, like Betances, is an opportunity to get a guy who stinks if/because you think he’ll figure it out.

            • RetroRob

              I would take Beckham in a heartbeat for Betances. I just can’t believe the White Sox would give up on Beckham quite so quickly, but who knows. They did trade Swisher for Betemit.

              Beckham signed as a SS and there were not concerns about him staying at short. He got moved to both third and second because he was blocked.

              He could serve as the back-up infielder and a potential replacement for Jeter.

              It will take more than Betances, though, to get him. His star has fallen, but not that far.

    • stuart a

      It’s got to be 3B. I’d rather take Youklis but anything is better than more ARod. No RBIs again, he’s a black hole.

      • Ted Nelson

        What did he have, 2 hits with a double?

      • Bunt Gardner

        Ok, who’s turn is it to walk stuart?

  • Rey22

    Ignoring how this wouldn’t happen cause the Sox are contending, if they wouldn’t have been and we could trade Betances straight up for Rios, would anyone do it? Anyone buying into his good year? Gardner insurance this year and Swisher replacement for the next.

    • Ted Nelson

      It’s an interestIng thought. Signed through 2014, so would have to buy him long-term and maybe sacrifice elsewhere (maybe including Granderson or Cano).

      • Preston

        I would do it if they ate money on the contract.

  • TheOneWhoKnocks

    I have no idea what this could be about but I trust cashman to beat Kenny Williams

    • jjyank

      Likewise. Cash just needs to get Williams drunk again and steal another player.

    • Voice of Reason

      I trust anyone to beat Kenny Williams.

      When I saw this headline my first thought was “who the fuck for?” I’d assume it would be a prospect swap in anything, because there’s no way the White Sox are selling.

  • Mike

    Is this a serious post ? Why would they give up paulie

  • Chris F

    Jake Peavy….?

    • FIPster Doofus

      He’s their second-best starter. They’re in contention. Not gonna happen.

  • Steve

    Think the Yanks are looking at De Aza?

    • Wil Nieves Number 1 Fan

      I love De Aza. I certainly hope so.

      • Steve

        I don’t know if I hope so, but he seems like the only guy that makes sense. I’m assuming the Yankees aren’t looking at pitching, and the White Sox’ catcher is AJ so he’s not being traded.

        What about both Tyler Flowers and de Aza?

        • Steve S

          I smell a three-team deal with the Phillies.

          • Dave M

            If it’s the Phillies, maybe Victorino is involved?

            • Coop

              If it’s the Phils and Hamels is not there it’s a bad move. Trade a young power arm to get an expiring OF contract who’s only ever played real time in the position of our best OF?

    • FIPster Doofus

      He’d be a nice get, but why would Chi trade him?

      • mike

        What about a three team trade Philly sends brown to NY, NY sends betences to chi, chi sends Beckham to phi. Maybe another prospect or two changes hands to even things out.

  • Jackson

    Look at what they did with Jose Quintana. Imagine what Cooper could do with Betances. I don’t think the NYY could get Quintana back for Betances straight up.

  • Tom

    Betances for Chris Sale!

    • Leg-End

      This. Just so we can get the headlines, Fire-Sale! as the White Sox fans hunt down their mentally crumbling GM before he trades the rest of the rotation for cash considerations and Lastings Milledge.

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  • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

    Dayán Viciedo is going to hit free agency at the end of the year.

    Not that this makes any more sense than De Asa from CWS perspective except for his FA status.

    • Andruw’s Smile

      Viciedo cant be a FA after this season, he’s only been around 2-3 years. Am I missing something?

      • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

        He signed a 4-year deal at age 20 ad international FA. He’s 24.

        • http://fendersonandhampton.com Cuso

          Bah, I got it wrong. Nevermind. He’s got one more year on current deal anyways.

        • Peter

          Don’t you have to stay with a team for six years before you are eligible for FA? If you for some reason refuse to sign a contract, your team could automatically resign you, as long if you have under six years of MLB service. I’m sure the Sox would do that anyways, Because Konerko is almost done for, they see he can play a little 1B. Konerko’s replacement maybe? He’s the kind of guy who can hit in the middle of your lineup, but keep in mind he is inconsistent at times, and you can even see in his swing he tries too hard to hit home runs. I think he could be a very polished hitter if taught correctly.

    • Voice of Reason

      yeah he is most definitely not a free agent

  • Knoxvillain

    Well, Betances for anyone straight up would barely get you Cody Ransom. Then again, it is Kenny Williams. So, is a Betances for Konerko, Sale, and Peavy deal realistic?

  • Granderslam

    Prospect for Prospect Trade? Not that Betances is much of a prospect. Anyone in the White Sox system valuable to the Yanks?

    • Preston

      They have one of the worst systems in baseball.

      • Granderslam

        Good to know! So, Betances for Dom Brown still? I kid.

    • Voice of Reason

      I can’t imagine who they could want. Betances’ stock has fallen a lot, but he’d probably be the third best prospect in the White Sox system.

  • Alex

    septimo or thorton please. You can even include rapada lol

    • Brian S.

      Septimo just blew it. Fuck that guy.

    • CUYanks

      What about a lefty like Hector Santiago?

  • Phil

    Hawk Harrelson for Betances…You can put it on the booooaaaard….YES!

  • Billy

    Sox are trying to make a play for greinke so they clearly need the prospects

  • 28 this year

    I think this is probably nothing because when the Yankees actually go for a trade, we don’t hear about it until it falls apart or is completed. Those deals always come out of nowhere. This is probably something Cashman discussed a couple days ago and it went nowhere.

    • The Tenth Inning Stretch

      It could be a case of a ChiSox person leaking their interest.

  • Travis L.

    You guys are all clowns!!! How about a three team trade with Chicago and Arizone. Lets get Justin Upton. We did that three team deal with Arizona and Detroit to net Granderson. Lets do it again!!!

    • Travis L.

      And just read that Mason Williams left the game early…wonder if the deal is almost finished and Mason is on his way to Arizona or Chicago? Along with Kelvin Perez and Frankie Cervelli…I kid… or do I?

  • ajra21

    there is no way the chisox gie up de aza for betances. it makes no sense. as for a three team deal, who knows? given that we need all the payroll relief moving forward, dealing our young playes away is not a good idea. guys like mason williams need to be kept.

    i’d take hawk harrelson in a trade just so we could shove him in a locked, dark room and make the world a better place.

  • AntD

    I say call KC Royals and ask if they want Betances and another player maybe a Adam Warren or David Phelps as a starting point for Alex Gordan. Royals need cheap SP and i think Betances would fair well in that big ballpark out there and no pressure of being the hometown kid trying to get to the Yanks…..Or id take Gordan Beckham and move him to OF he has some speed way more than Ibanez or Jones and was a very good SS in college so has a good to decent arm…if he fails there then have him play 3B

  • Bill

    Honestly dealing Betances is probably not a smart move unless someone overvalues him. Sure, his chances of success in the rotation seem to be dwindling, but even if he fails there he still has a good chance of being a good reliever. Right now his value is at a low point and the White Sox are interested because of that. Here’s a guy with an amazing arm that won’t cost a whole lot in a trade. Its a good gamble if they can pull off a trade, but I think the Yankees should gamble on their ability to make him successful here. With Mo retiring in the near future and Soriano gone after next year the back-end of our bullpen is going to need some help with only Robertson locked in. Betances could potentially fill a role there. And that’s if he can’t right the ship as a starter.