When the White Sox dealt affordable closer Sergio Santos to the Blue Jays for Nestor Molina, there were mixed reactions.
Some fans were upset at the start of what Kenny Williams called the "rebuilding" process while others were happy to add a top prospect to a struggling farm system. But everybody had the same questions: Who is Nestor Molina and was he good enough to be the only return for Santos?
The answer to the second part cannot be answered for some time, but the Sox are happy with the guy they got.
"There's no doubt he throws hard and he had the ability to throw strikes from the get-go," Marco Paddy, the Sox's new head of international operations, told the Tribune's Mark Gonzales. "He also has grown from 5-foot-11 to almost 6-2. He has great athletic ability. The tools are there."
Paddy spent five years with the Blue Jays in the same position he now holds for the White Sox and recalls Molina's journey to the mound.
The young prospect actually started as a third baseman and outfielder, but slumped at the plate to the tune of a .227 batting average over his first two seasons. When approached with the idea to become a starting pitcher, Molina didn't hesitate.
"He struggled with the bat in his second season," Paddy said. "But the conversion to pitcher came easily because he played everywhere. He's athletic and he took to pitching the right way. He wasn't scared."
While the White Sox won't know what the future holds for Molina, they do know where he came from.
Check out more on Molina's minor-league history with the Blue Jays over at ChicagoTribune.com.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.