White Sox Continue To Add, Trade For Juan Pierre

Guess which team has been the most aggressive this offseason?

The New York Yankees? Nope. The Los Angeles Dodgers? Not even close. The Boston Red Sox? Maybe.

How about the Chicago White Sox? Bingo.

On top of adding Jake Peavy and Alex Rios towards the end of last season, the White Sox have added Mark Teahen, Omar Vizquel, Andruw Jones, JJ Putz, and now they have added Juan Pierre this offseason.

According to various sources, the White Sox have acquired Pierre from the Los Angeles Dodgers for two minor league pitchers. The Dodgers will get to pick two minor league pitchers from a list provided by the White Sox.

Pierre is waving goodbye to LA

Pierre has two-years and $18.5 million remaining on his contract. However, the Dodgers will pay $10 million of Pierre’s contract. The White Sox will pay Pierre $3 million in 2010 and $5 million in 2011.

The White Sox are really being aggressive this offseason. There is no reason for the White Sox not to be aggressive playing in the weak AL Central.

The Cleveland Indians are rebuilding, the Kansas City Royals are a mess, and the Detroit Tigers are selling off pieces left and right. That leaves just the White Sox and Minnesota Twins to compete in the AL Central.

Does Pierre put the White Sox ahead of the Twins in 2010? Probably not because I really don’t see how the White Sox are better because of this trade.

Player A hit .308 with zero home runs, a .365 OBP, a .392 Slugging Percentage, and 30 stolen bases in 2009.

Player B hit .304 with seven home runs, a .353 OBP, .412 Slugging Percentage, and 30 stolen bases in 2009.

The difference between these players is negligible. Player A is available via trade and Player B is available via free agency. So if all things are pretty much equal, wouldn’t you go with the player that is going to cost you less?

Player A is Pierre and Player B is Scott Podsednik.

I have no idea what prospects the White Sox are giving up. But I don’t care if they include me in the deal–a prospect is still a prospect and a prospect is a commodity.

Why give up two prospects and pay Pierre when they could have had essentially the same player (Podsednik) for no prospects and probably less than what they are paying Pierre?

I don’t get it.

I like the fact that the White Sox are being aggressive, but sometimes they would be better off making the simpler move. The simple move here would be to just re-sign Podsednik.

As for the Dodgers, this is a pure salary dump. The Dodgers are in such a financial mess right now that saving $8 million is a big deal for them right now.

I’ll update this story once it’s confirmed what prospects are going to the Dodgers.

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4 Responses to “White Sox Continue To Add, Trade For Juan Pierre”

  1. Dave Says:

    Congrats on a great blog! Better than a lot of professional sites. I’ll be sure to check back often. Am following you on Twitter.

  2. Owen Says:

    Pierre had 150 less AB than Podsednik, which I think is important to mention in this analysis. I still agree with your conclusions.

    Pierre did bring quite a spark to the Dodgers last year when Manny was out, which surprised me. I thought he was pretty much washed up. But as its been proven many times before, some guys can continue to run well and frequently late into their careers. Pierre had the same SBs as Podsednik in 150 fewer ABs, which would have translated to 40-45 steals given a full year of playing time. 12 points on the OBP is also a benefit, although it remains to be seen if Pierre can match that this year. I think it would come down toward .320 – .330 if he were out there every day.

    Still, I agree Podsednik isn’t much of a step down and a better value given the cost. And really, I wouldn’t be looking to add either guy as more than a 4th OF / pinch runner. You can find similar talents in most farm systems.

  3. boof bonser Says:

    whos to say pods repeats those numbers? it was a fluke. We’re much better with pierre.

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