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Reader Emails: WTF Is Up With Trevor Bauer?

Slow news day so let’s have ourselves a White Sox mailbag.  We only have about 6 weeks before opening day, so let’s talk some baseball.

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Good question Jordan.  If you’re not caught up to speed, Trevor Bauer was quoted today saying this:

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Trevor Bauer comes off as incredibly outspoken and just doesn’t GAF.  I’m sure he rubs people the wrong way a LOT but that it doesn’t bother him because he doesn’t try to be someone he’s not.  Not for the media, not for his teammates, not for the front office who apparently tried to tell arbiters that he sucks in the clubhouse.
I kinda liken him to AJ Pierzynski.   Some clubhouses just can’t stand him (Boston) and others love him (White Sox).  That said, I wouldn’t count on a trade for him.  What I would count on is the Sox signing him, or at least attempting to sign him, once he is a FA.  I fucking love Trevor Bauer as a personality and as a pitcher (obviously) so sign me the fuck up if it’s the case.  This weirdo rocks in more ways than one.
And I absolutely, without question expect him to follow through with the “I’m only signing 1 year deals” threat.  He’s that big of a wild card.  Personally I think he’d fit in great on the South Side.  He’s got that workers class, blue collar persona that the White Sox love.
Next question:

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The White Sox would be completely and totally idiotic if they didn’t keep Eloy down until the 12th of April.  It shouldn’t even be a debate

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Anderson is in no way, shape or form moving off short stop for anyone, including Manny Machado.  He has turned into an excellent defensive player and showed flashes of growth at the plate last year as well.  If he is a consistent 20/20 guy in the 9 hole of the Sox lineup, they’re in a good spot.  I’d love for him to get on base around a .320 clip moving forward.  Pair that with great defense and 20/20 numbers, that’s a nice little player.

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The population of Las Vegas metro is about 2 million people.  The population of the Chicago metro is about 10 million.  Cut that in 1/2 and it’s still more 2.5 times the size of Vegas and in a massive media market.  The White Sox aren’t moving anywhere, at least not in our lifetime.

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Nope!  Yoan had an outlier year in 2018.  I detailed that earlier in the week in a blog, but here it is in short form.

Last time I’ll say this this offseason:  he’s just too patient.  He doesn’t swing nearly enough.  He doesn’t swing at balls, but he also doesn’t swing at strikes, but it’s easier to teach someone to swing more than to swing less.

That’s pretty good company, especially when he had BY FAR the most strikeouts on pitches deemed outside the zone last year.

Assuming those numbers all regress to the league mean, Yoan is going to take the fuck OFF in 2019.  And Eloy will light the world on fire as well.  So my answer is no, you’re not the only one.

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2018 was a mulligan year for Giolito amongst others.  He cannot duplicate that season in 2019.  Fans know that, the front office and coaching staff knows that and Giolito himself knows that.  You are correct that pitching depth is thin, but they’re in year three of the rebuild and wins are now an expectation.

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Having too much depth is never a problem.  Moncada isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.  Position change?  Maybe.  Hopefully there’s so much depth they have to package some of it in a trade for another stud.

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Well Al, he’s already hitting and moving around just fine it looks like to me:

Hopefully he’s playing in actual games this summer.  No rush at all with him though – get him healthy and let him shoot through the system.  Kid can fucking rake and in the few times I’ve talked to him about hitting, the kid has an absurd baseball brain and I don’t think a torn achilles effects that.  What do I know though?  I’m not a fucking doctor.