Rumors of the Chicago White Sox being close to acquiring Oakland A’s starter Frankie Montas have been swirling over the past week. According to Jon Heyman “that ship has sailed.”
It is no secret the White Sox could potentially use some help in their rotation. After injuries to Lucas Giolito and Lance Lynn left the top end of the rotation particularly thin, reports indicated that Chicago and Oakland were deep in discussions on a trade that would reunite Frankie Montas with the team that drafted him.
The price to acquire Montas’ services apparently started and ended with Andrew Vaughn. Rick Hahn and the White Sox at this time have no interest in parting ways with their recent first-round draft pick who is already off to a hot start in 2022. A tweet from Bob Nightengale re-affirmed the White Sox position on the matter.
It has been reported that Lance Lynn is already ahead of schedule after his knee procedure. The right-hander was seen walking out on the field during the White Sox home opener on Tuesday, and reportedly played catch on Wednesday. Lucas Giolito is also feeling better with each passing day. The White Sox placed him on the IL Tuesday retroactively to April 9.
It seems that Rick Hahn and the White Sox will attempt to weather the injury storm in the early months without trying to move guys like Andrew Vaughn rather than rush to shore up a battered rotation that so far has been fairly serviceable in the early going. Only time will tell if the patience pays off.
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