Yeah: 2.17 ERA in AAA over just 37 innings…much worse in the majors, but I’ll excuse that as growing pains. His AA numbers average to about 3.40, which is still good, but as you look at the total body of work, you have to wonder if he can be the kind of major leaguer that his 65 Future Value scouting score suggests. Or if he’s just being rushed a bit.
Regardless of whether you believe me or fangraphs or even the MLB Pipeline folks (Giolito and Robles are their #3 and #10 overall prospects), it seems that the White Sox might be taking extra time to make sure before they pull this trigger.
Additionally, you’d have to wonder what the Braves are offering Chicago. Frankly, if I’d have to think that if the Braves are offering Ozzie Albies and one of their major league arms (Matt Wisler or Mike Foltynewicz), then that’s a better starting package than the Nationals are going with.
Or maybe Coppy is now offering that much, and that’s part of the hold-up.
One thing for sure: White Sox fans that were expecting any team’s #1 through #4 prospects or the ‘Shelby Miller Plus’ deal are bound to be disappointed… no matter what the trade ultimately ends up becoming. They have believed the pre-trade hype and that’s going to hurt.
Meanwhile, a couple of other Hot Stove options:
Here's the calculus for Rays on Chris Archer: Would they get any more now than, say, two years from now? Probably not. Thus, tough to deal.
Gray is still a risk… definitely riskier than the other ‘ace’ pitchers on the market… but Oakland is a team that likes words akin to “upside” and “potential” (so do the Braves, for that matter), and thus in meaningful ways, it might be easier to make a deal with Oakland – if that’s indeed what the Braves choose to do.
Thus far, there’s essentially no trade winds blowing in any direction other than Ace Pitching for Atlanta, though the most favored direction for those winds could be snuffed out at virtually any point today.