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Help us (insert name here), you’re our only hope!: Episode III – Fall of the White Sox

June 7th, 2010 by Ray

Previously on The Sac Bunt: We discussed the Padres meager offensive production and the various aging veterans who could come in and theoretically provide some punch.

At the time, the Padres were 13th in the NL and 23rd in the majors with a .312 wOBA. Today, our wOBA remains at .312, but it is now good for 14th in the NL and 25th in the majors. Now that’s consistency! At the time, I threw out Jermaine Dye and Andruw Jones, and later Pat Burrell, as players who might-or-might not be able to help. Burrell has since signed with the Giants and Dye seems to have fallen off the radar, so it’s Andruw Jones who has prompted the writing of this article.

Today, Buster Olney reported that the Chicago White Sox are officially open for business, looking to move the players that they can from their underachieving team. While they have some bench players that might be of interest to us, including Omar Vizquel, we’re focusing on Jones.

When I first brought him up, Jones had a .949 OPS and a .424 wOBA. Those numbers have since dropped to .823 and .363, respectively, after a rough May: .208/.301/.417/.718, .322. It should be noted that Jones’ May is better than entire season for Venable, Gwynn, and Blanks. Faint praise, I know, but notable. While Jones is still drawing his walks, but he’s not hitting the ball very hard, so it’s not out of line to think that he was the beneficiary of a hot start. Fortunately, what hasn’t changed is his contract.

Along with his $1 million worth of performance bonuses, Jones is still signed to the $500 thousand contract he was at the beginning of the year. Depending on who Kenny Williams asks for in return, Jones could be a low-risk/high-reward chance for the Padres to take. If Jones figures something out back in the NL, the Padres have an outfielder who can actually hit the ball and if not, they’re only on the hook for less than half a million dollars and (hopefully) a mid-level prospect with no real future in San Diego.

With the lack of any real optimism in our lineup, this could be the kind of a risk a team vastly exceeding everyone’s expectations should take. If nothing else, they can at least point to this and say that they tried, after they move Adrian and Bell for some prospects.

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17 Responses to “Help us (insert name here), you’re our only hope!: Episode III – Fall of the White Sox”

  1. Daniel says:

    Last “Mid-Level prospect” with no real future in San Diego we gave up for an aging veteran is hitting .318 . 381 .443 at 3rd base for the Cardinals.

    • Ray says:

      Yeah, but we also traded Mark Phillips for Rondell White and that definitely worked out in our favor.

      It all depends on who the prospect is.

  2. zmac says:

    How about Shin-Soo Choo? Would he be available?

    • Melvin says:

      I like the idea, but with 3 arbitration eligible years left he’ll be quite expensive. The Padres farm isn’t having a great year as a whole, I doubt the Indians would take less than Simon Castro for Choo. I wouldn’t be happy with that deal. I don’t what kind of depth the Tribe has at 2b, but maybe they buy Forsythe as a 2b and would look past his slow start? If so, they’d want more than that.

      I don’t see the Indians accepting any deal I would be comfortable making.

    • Ray says:

      Don’t forget that Choo has a Korean military obligation hanging over him.

  3. Jacob says:

    I think they idea of acquiring Adruw Jones is fine. Some fans are talking about high-priced “talent” & that doesn’t sit well with me.

  4. Timoteo says:

    The other side of the coin there is how much would he impact our defense? When he have an outfield comprised of Venable/Gwynn/Hairston/Denorfia we’ve got a pretty mobile group out there and not many balls are going to fall. Obviously with Blanks in there that changes a bit. At this stage in his career where would Jones compare defensively to our current crop of outfielders?

    Also, we’ve got prospects like Denorfia and Cunningham who have been very good in the minors but haven’t gotten much of an extended shot in the majors, does it make more sense to give young players a shot to prove what they can do as opposed to bringing in an aging vet trying to prove he still has it?

    • Melvin says:

      I feel comfortable saying that Jones definitely wouldn’t HURT the team, at least compared to the average CFer. Gwynn is probably better than average, but it’s tough to know by how much.

      If Jones keeps hitting for another 100 PAs I think he’d be a good guy to go after. None of the prospects you mentioned with the exception of Blanks and maybe Cunningham are long term starters, but it would be ok if neither played in the show the rest of the year.

  5. Dodgerfansince76 says:

    Coming from a Dodger fan.. I think Andruw Jones would be great for the Pads. Get Jones, then send us Adrian Gonzalez, and Heath Bell for Garrett Anderson. Maybe Peavy was right? Firing Towers really was a joke.

  6. Dodgerfansince76 says:

    Before the hate mail starts.. Im totally tongue in chhek, so dont blow your top. Jones would be awful in a padres uni. I dont know about Venable or Gwynn, but Blanks is a stud. It would be sad if Jones took ABs from Blanks, like he did Kemp and Ethier.

    • Melvin says:

      Don’t worry about it, I don’t think I’ve written as much as a headline without saying something sarcastic. Blanks is a stud, but he hasn’t hit well this season and is on the DL right now. I wouldn’t mind giving him some extra “rehab” in Portland to help him regain confidence, if the team determines that’s an issue.

      The Padres do need a bat if they want to make a run, and I would greatly prefer holding on to top prospects in the process.

  7. Andruw always hits well in San Diego, for some strange reason. Of course that was many doughnuts ago. The round one is simply an incompetent hitter and a dim bulb. You using that french fry?

  8. Mike says:

    Coming from a Sox fan that’s been watching him all year, Jones dropped like 50 pounds and has played really solid defense. You wouldn’t put him in center, you’d put him in RF.

    • Melvin says:

      Thanks for your input. His UZR in a minute population size is decent enough. One of those times a good scout or two’s opinion is important.

  9. Mike R says:

    Since you’re on the topic of White Sox outfielders, what about Alex Rios? He would fit very nicely in the middle of that Padres lineup for years to come. They would be on the hook for a big sum, but Alex Rios is about as good as they come. Padres could compete for years.

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