With holes to fill on the left side of the infield and limited options on the free agent market, the Chicago White Sox are reportedly looking to trade from their major league roster — specifically Avisail Garcia.
Garcia, acquired from the Detroit Tigers in a three-way trade involving Jake Peavy in 2013, has been made available in trade talks according to Dan Hayes at CSN Chicago.
As Hayes notes, the emergence of Trayce Thompson in the outfield (paired with Melky Cabrera and Adam Eaton) could make Garcia expendable.
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Garcia was decent in his first full season in 2015, hitting .257 with 13 home runs and 59 RBI in 148 games. Despite the solid season, one National League scout told Hayes "their people are very frustrated with him." Garcia holds a career .291 average in the minors and was never known to be a big-power guy, hitting a career-high 14 home runs in High-A and Double-A in 2012.
Thompson, whose rookie status is still intact, hit .295 with five homers and 16 RBI across 44 games in his first taste of big league action in 2015.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn is a fan of Thompson.
“I think Trayce has shown the ability to start,” Hahn said at the GM meetings via CSN Chicago. “How we make that work is probably a better question come spring once we see how the whole roster looks. We’ve known from Trayce for the last several years he can be an above-average major league defender at three outfield positions. That gives us a little flexibility on how to work him in best and he’s certainly from an offensive standpoint showed he deserves to play. That’ll either work itself out before spring based on transactions or come spring we’ll figure out a way to use him best.”
Hayes didn’t note who the Sox have talked to regarding Garcia, but with the Winter Meetings set for December 6-10, you can expect there will be plenty of chatter surrounding the 24-year-old outfielder.