Just as the White Sox decided to quietly label themselves as buyers at this year's trade deadline, the rest of the American League started to make moves.
The Houston Astros and and Toronto Blue Jays made big splashes on Thursday just hours before Friday's afternoon deadline. The Astros acquired Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitcher Mike Fiers for three prospects and an international bonus slot. This came only days after pitcher Scott Kazmir was brought in from Oakland to solidify the rotation.
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The Blue Jays, who also made a big move earlier in the week by trading for Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, traded for the prized pitcher on the market, Tigers ace David Price. The Blue Jays gave up some of their top prospects but Price will now headline a rotation that is complemented by arguably the top offense in all of baseball.
While Rick Hahn and the South Siders are reportedly inquiring about some of the big bats available on the market, including Padres outfielder Justin Upton and Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, the moves are certainly catching the attention of the White Sox front office. After Thursday's loss to the Red Sox, the White Sox sit 3.5 games back in the wild card.
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Even the Texas Rangers, who are reportedly bringing in Cole Hamels from the Philadelphia Phillies after giving up a big haul, aren't completely out of the wild card picture, facing only a four game deficit. The Blue Jays are two games out of the wild card while the Astros currently lead the AL West by a game with the Los Angeles Angels on their tail. The Angels and the Minnesota Twins currently hold the two wild card spots and the Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays and Detroit Tigers still sit ahead of the White Sox.
The Orioles are potentially also adding a piece to their outfield mix, as reports have them linked as a possible destination for Brewers outfielder Gerardo Parra.
It might be a long shot for the White Sox to sign free agent Manny Machado, but here on the White Sox Talk Podcast, we like dark horses. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey and Vinnie Duber discuss what it would take to bring Machado to the South Side. Plus, is he "the" guy the White Sox are targeting this offseason? Will the Rockies listen to trade offers for Nolan Arenado a year before he reaches free agency? Plus, Chuck talks about a cost-controlled, All-Star on a rebuilding team that could be an answer at third base.
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Mark Buehrle. Jon Garland. Freddy García. José Contreras.
The 2005 White Sox had four consecutive complete games to finish off the 2005 ALCS — Contreras took his turn in Game 5 against the Angels 13 years ago Tuesday. How special was that run of starting pitching to finish that series? Consider the following six statements:
— No team has had more than two complete games in a single postseason, let alone a postseason series, since.
— There has been a grand total of four complete games in 188 postseason games (through Monday) since the beginning of 2016.
— Those 2005 White Sox remain the only team with four complete games in a single LCS (which went to a best-of-seven format in 1985).
— They are the only team since the 1968 Tigers (in the World Series) with at least four complete games in any postseason series.
— They are the only team since the 1956 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete games in a series. (The Yankees had five in a row: Games 3 through 7.)
— They are the only team since the 1928 Yankees (in the World Series) with at least four consecutive complete-game wins in a series (Games 1 through 4).
Take a moment to look back and appreciate what Don Cooper’s troops were able to accomplish in that series. The way the game is played nowadays, we will never see it again.