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White Sox complete trade for Teahen, decline Dye's option

Nov 6, 2009, 1:20 PM EDT

After some non-denial denials from both sides, the White Sox and Royals made things official with the three-player trade reported yesterday: Mark Teahen to Chicago for Chris Getz and Josh Fields.
For a full breakdown of the deal check out my lengthy analysis from yesterday. Short version? Teahen is overrated and probably not worth the money he’s about to make. Getz and Fields are nothing special, but they’re cheap and somewhat useful. Good trade for the Royals.
Interestingly, general manager Ken Williams announced immediately that Teahen will be the White Sox’s starting third baseman, with Gordon Beckham sliding across the diamond to second base. Initial reports had Chicago targeting Teahen to replace Jermaine Dye in right field and that may still be an option if Williams ends up making a run at someone like Chone Figgins via free agency.
For now though Teahen is back to being a poor defensive third baseman rather than a poor offensive right fielder. In related news, the White Sox have declined their $12 million option on Dye for 2010, predictably choosing to buy him out for $1 million. Dye had a strong 2008 and hit .302/.375/.567 with 20 homers in the first half this season, but absolutely fell apart in the second half while batting just .179 in 60 games. Dye has bounced back from extended slumps before, but he’s 35 years old now and letting him go was a no-brainer at that price.

  1. BL - Nov 6, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    I am a Kansas City Royals fan for the last time. I will not watch the games on TV or attend.
    How could you trade Mark Teahen? If you’re trying to get fans to the ball park and trying to win a pennant, this is not the right decision.

  2. Bob - Nov 7, 2009 at 8:11 AM

    You honestly think that Mark Teahen is a piece to the puzzle on a championship team?? Not unless the rest of the team is full of all-stars of which the royals are not! The royals aren’t going to win the pennant next year anyway unless they get REAL IMPACT players via free agency. Josh Fields and Chris Getz will have to have major career years this year before they will be considered impact players on a championship team. 3B Alex Gordon has real potential to be an impact player and should be given time to prove that he can do it! He’ll should start the year in AAA because he needs more time there, but should be up before the end of the season! Be patient! I’m a pirates fan so I know all about suffering!

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