|Tampa Bay Times|
The Chicago White Sox have acquired RHP Alex Colome from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for C Omar Narvaez.
For the White Sox, I don\’t get this trade. With four years of control, Narvaez would be with the team at the end of when they are expected to start being competitive. Colome has two years left, and the White Sox aren\’t expected the contend in that window. It would make more sense to trade a young catcher for a decent reliever if the team was expected to compete in 2019.
Colome, who will be 30 be the start of the season, had a 3.04 ERA, 3.44 FIP, 72 strikeouts and 12 saves in 68 innings for the Mariners and Tampa Bay Rays in 2018. The best year of his career was with the Rays in 2016, when he posted a 1.91 ERA, 2.92 FIP, 71 strikeouts and 37 saves in 56.2 innings. In his MLB career for the Mariners and Rays, Colome has a 3.12 ERA, 3.48 FIP, 314 strikeouts and 96 saves in 340.2 innings.
I love this trade for the Mariners. Ranked 12th in my ranking all catchers post, Narvaez broke out while Welington Castillo was suspended. With 4 more years of control, Narvaez will still be on the team by 2021, the year the Mariners are aiming to contend in. Narvaez will replace Mike Zunino, ranked as the 14th best catcher, who was recently traded to Tampa Bay.
Narvaez, 26, had a .275 batting average, .366 OBP, nine home runs and 30 RBIs in 322 Plate Appearances for the White Sox in 2018, the best season of his career. In his MLB career, all in Chicago, Narvaez has a batting average of .274, with a .366 OBP, 12 home runs and 54 RBIs in 734 Plate Appearances.
I think the Mariners win this trade. They get a young catcher with 4 years of control for a decent reliever with two years of control. The White Sox won\’t be good with Colome, at least until his current contract is over, and the Mariners could be good with Narvaez.