The White Sox have been rumored to be pretty aggressive at this deadline – but apparently, they’ve been more aggressive than we may have thought.
According to the New York Post’s Jon Heyman, the White Sox tried to make a run for two-way star Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels. Heyman said the following:
“The Padres and White Sox are among other teams known to have tried for Ohtani in recent days, with the Angels originally signaling they are willing to listen to offers on the once-in-a-century phenom. Several teams inquired, but the interested sides have moved on with the understanding the Angels are deciding to keep their all-time versatile megastar.”Jon Heyman, New York Post
Ohtani would’ve pretty easily solved two White Sox’ issues as a left-handed bat that is a clear frontline rotation piece. In his age 27 season, Ohtani is slashing .255/.352/.495 with 22 home runs while also going 9-6 with a 2.81 ERA in 99.1 innings. It is not clear what the White Sox would have offered for Ohtani, but the Angels were expecting at least a team’s top four prospects in any deal.
The White Sox have still yet to make any moves at the deadline but have been connected to Frankie Montas, David Peralta (traded to TBR), Jose Quintana, Ben Gamel, Ian Happ, and others as the deadline looms. Based on Rick Hahn’s previous comments, it appears the team will try to address the bullpen, right field, or second base. Remember, due to the delayed season, the deadline is tomorrow afternoon – and things are starting to move fast.
Let’s see what the White Sox come up with before then.
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