Wow! Kenny Williams comes from under the radar again and gets Jake Peavy [again]. This time he accepts! Just after the Twins and Tigers make big moves and the White Sox act like everything’s quiet…
This move has been confirmed by Scott Reifert. Anderson requested a trade after being sent to AAA last week. Mark Kotsay really does nothing for me…he will be 34 in a few months and wasn’t able to catch on with the Red Sox. The Sox have much more important things to worry about and this just feels like a move that was made for the sake of making a move. It’ll be interesting to see what roster moves the Sox make in lieu of this news. Kotsay would probably be an OF and/or 1B backup, which have been roles for Dewayne Wise and Josh Fields in recent times.
Overall, I like this move. There were many who thought Allen would be the future 1st basemen of this team, but there are many future options for 1B in the coming years. Fields, Viciedo, and maybe even Flowers could be options, especially if the Sox are determined to keep Beckham and Ramirez and 3B and SS for years to come.
I don’t know much about Allen, but his stats are decent, especially against righties. This could be another project for Cooper, who turned Matt Thornton from average into a top reliever. If you remember, the book on Thornton used to be that he had the stuff but couldn’t find the control, and the word was that Cooper and co. saw something in his mechanics that they thought could be fixed easily. It appears that the book on Allen is similar, great stuff, but struggles with control.
To make room for the move, Jimmy Gobble was sent back to the minors, which is no loss at all.