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Chuck GarfienKW says Molina needs "a little seasoning" but could force his way onto the roster soon.
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Kenny Williams had said all along he was trying to acquire MLB-ready talent in any trade this winter. So, in true Kenny Williams fashion, he did the exact opposite and acquired 22-year-old righty Nestor Molina from Toronto for Sergio Santos on Tuesday.

 

Molina is a fantastic strike-thrower who posted an eye-popping 148 strikeouts with just 18 walks over 130 13 innings between Single-A and Double-A last season with the Blue Jays.

Per this report, he features a fastball, breaking ball and changeup -- pretty standard fare. He'll be 23 next season and should begin 2012 with Double-A Birmingham. Best-case, he cracks the White Sox major-league roster as a September call-up in 2012 and then joins the rotation full-time in 2013.

The biggest concern with Molina is that, as a converted reliever, he doesn't have a ton of innings under his belt in the pros. He's only thrown 292 23 innings since joining the Blue Jays organization in 2007 and never threw more than 81 innings before 2011. He can expect to throw more than 130 13 innings in 2012 with the Sox, but whether he can handle the jump to 200 innings in the majors will be a major question.

Of course, pitching prospects are always extremely volatile, and there's no guarantee he'll even reach the majors. But the White Sox are incredibly thin on pitching prospects, and adding someone with the upside of Molina is encouraging.

More to come on the impact of dealing Santos away in a bit.