Of all the White Sox relievers discussed as potential trade candidates ahead of Wednesday's deadline, none of them was Nate Jones.
But that's who got dealt Wednesday, just a few hours before the deadline, with the White Sox shipping their longest tenured player to the Texas Rangers, along with international signing money, in exchange for a pair of minor league arms: Ray Castro and Joseph Jarneski.
Making the deal so curious is the fact that Jones is out for the year while recovering from forearm surgery. But the Rangers are taking a flier on a guy with a club option for the 2020 season and a mutual option for the 2021 season.
A member of the White Sox organization since 2007 and a member of the big league team since 2012, Jones' tenure was often dictated by injuries, as only three times in those eight major league seasons did he complete a full campaign. When he was healthy, he was terrific, as evidenced by the 2.29 ERA and 10.2 K/9 he put up during a healthy 2016 season. But since, he made only 57 relief appearances combined during the 2017, 2018 and 2019 campaigns.
As for the two right-handed pitchers the White Sox acquired, neither has pitched above rookie ball yet. The 22-year-old Castro has a 2.02 ERA in the Dominican Summer League, and that's where he'll stay as he joins the White Sox. The 19-year-old Jarneski has a 1.62 ERA in the Arizona Rookie League, and he'll stay there upon joining the White Sox. Castro was signed as an international free agent in 2016, while Jarneski was a 12th-round draft pick in 2017.