‘We didn’t line up’: Chicago White Sox unable to make any extra additions earlier than the commerce deadline
The commerce deadline in some methods mirrored how the 2022 season has developed for the Chicago White Sox.
There was a basic anticipation of the Sox making a transfer or two Tuesday to help of their pursuit of a 3rd consecutive postseason look.
But the Sox had been unable to drag off any extra offers.
“In all candor, we’re disappointed that we weren’t able to do more to improve this club,” basic supervisor Rick Hahn stated. “You noticed a 12 months in the past presently — you’ve seen it for the final a number of years, arguably the final couple of many years — that it’s our nature to attempt to enhance this membership at any alternative now we have.
“And unfortunately we weren’t able to line up on some of our other potential targets. Anyone out there who is feeling a level of frustration or disappointment, I’m there with you.”
The Sox improved to 52-51 with a 9-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday at Guaranteed Rate Field. There have been occasions it appears to be like just like the staff is popping a nook, solely to take a step again.
The Sox path the Minnesota Twins by two video games within the American League Central and the second-place Cleveland Guardians by one recreation.
The Sox added to their bullpen Monday, acquiring left-hander Jake Diekman from the Boston Red Sox. But they didn’t deal with an offense that has been persistently inconsistent in producing runs — or another areas.
“It was a different market this year,” Hahn stated. “I don’t know if it was a byproduct of getting extra playoff groups than there have been up to now or a byproduct of the wild-card spherical being a best-of-three versus extra of a coin-flip recreation that type of led to sellers maybe being just a little extra aggressive by way of their asking costs.
“There were some players that people thought were probably going to get moved that wound up not getting moved for whatever reason, which is an individual team’s choice. But I think the market overall was favorable toward the sellers and we didn’t line up.”
Hahn stated the group’s “track record shows we’re not afraid to do deals.”
“We’re not afraid to be aggressive, we’re not afraid to have a priority list and go right down the list and at some point settle on the right, appropriate price for the exchange,” he stated. “At no level do I really feel by means of this course of that we had been prospect-clutching in any method, that we had been being unreasonable. We had been requested for a lot of of our premium prospects in trade for leases that didn’t precisely line up from our perspective or make sense for not solely this staff, but additionally the long run.
“Sitting in this chair, you do bear responsibility for today, but also responsibility for tomorrow. And at times, those two can be in conflict, especially when it comes time to talk about trades or taking on future economic obligations. But I do think that our track record shows that when there’s an opportunity to improve the present, we’ve moved on it. Unfortunately, we didn’t have additional opportunities beyond Jake Diekman the last several days.”
Diekman, who has a 4.23 ERA, 51 strikeouts and 30 walks in 38⅓ innings, is tied for eleventh within the AL with 44 appearances.
“There’s probably four, six outings that I would rather have back,” he stated. “Just being tremendous constant and hitting your spot and lacking on the proper aspect of the plate. Take these again and I really feel nice. When I assault, I do know what kind of pitcher I’m.
“My goal is to pitch as much as possible. I feel like you earn your paycheck that way. If they want to throw me 70 times, then do it.”
Diekman’s addition to the 26-man roster was one in every of six strikes the Sox introduced Tuesday.
They additionally reinstated middle fielder Luis Robert from the 10-day injured listing; returned third baseman Jake Burger from his rehabilitation project, reinstated him from the 10-day IL and optioned him to Triple-A Charlotte; optioned pitcher Davis Martin to Charlotte; claimed pitcher Tobias Myers off waivers from the San Francisco Giants and assigned him to Charlotte; and despatched pitcher Vince Velasquez on a rehab project to Charlotte.
Robert had been on the IL retroactive to July 19 with blurred imaginative and prescient.
“Most importantly, the symptoms have gone away; otherwise, we wouldn’t be advancing him the way we have,” Hahn stated. “Fundamentally, I believe that he was suffering the effects of a virus is probably a not very satisfying way of saying it. But the reality is he did have a couple of vitamin deficiencies that we’ve been able to address that have been linked to causing his symptoms, and fortunately those symptoms have resolved.”
In a season full of IL journeys all through the roster, Hahn is hopeful to have the core wholesome and productive collectively.
“The fact of the matter is we still very much believe in this group that’s inside this clubhouse right now,” Hahn stated. “We feel they are very much capable of playing better baseball than we’ve seen over the first few months and that there’s a makings of a potential championship team in there should they get to their accustomed levels of performance.”
Dylan Cease earns 2nd straight month-to-month honor
For the second straight month, Sox starter Dylan Cease was named American League Pitcher of the Month. Cease went 5-1 with an 0.76 ERA and 40 strikeouts in six July begins. All three runs he allowed got here on solo dwelling runs.
The right-hander is the primary pitcher in franchise historical past to win the award twice in the identical season.
Cease is 11-4 with a 2.01 ERA and 161 strikeouts in 21 begins this season.