Zack Collins, the DH
If Collins is a DH/1B, it’s hard to envision him on a future White Sox roster.
Alright, I’ve been advocating for Zack Collins to be traded if he wouldn’t catch. Today, he gets his first start at DH… really? Are you extending Abreu? Is he not in your plans for the future? Yonder Alonso is bad, so he obviously cannot be in the plans. What’s the deal with Collins? He has a great OBP. That’s never been an issue. He can get on base, but will he struggle with adjusting to MLB pitching and have a 40%+ strikeout rate? He could. Unless he comes on the scene like a Gary Sanchez and absolutely mashes MLB pitching (which would be dope), then he can be a plus behind the dish, even with a poor glove or framing metrics. However, if you plan on DHing him and putting him in as a backup first baseman, the value greatly diminishes.
This has been the issue with the Sox for a little while. They take the safe route… a lot. If Collins is a DH or first baseman and the White Sox are signing Abreu for a few more years, Collins likely doesn’t have a spot on a future Sox roster. Right now, you have ONE competent starting pitcher. I know we had injuries to Michael Kopech, Carlos Rodon, and Dane Dunning. You knew two of these early on, and the other has had the propensity to get injured often, unfortunately. You created a team with no depth in the rotation, and Kopech and Dunning aren’t already Cy Young winners. If you’re not signing MLB talent in the likes of Gio Gonzalez for close to league minimum, then what’s really in the cards? How do you shore up the rotation to have potentially 5-7 starters on your team? This is what playoff teams do. People get injured. Trade a couple prospects, not all, for starting pitching. Stroman is still being shopped, as are other starters. Zig while other teams zag. Do the right thing if your prospects may not be in your future plans as originally projected.
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