The Chicago White Sox have acquired 1B Yonder Alonso from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for OF Alex Call.
For the White Sox, they non-tendered DH/1B/3B Matt Davidson, who played a role similar to what Alonso would likely play. Alonso could play first base to give Jose Abreu a rest in the field, and DH regularly. Another interesting point has to do with family. Alonso is the brother-in-law to one of the best free agents out there, Manny Machado, who the White Sox are reportedly one of the top teams in his sweepstakes. Alonso has 20 home run power, and would replace Davidson well.
Alonso, 32, hit .250, with 23 home runs and 83 RBIs in 574 Plate Appearances for the Indians in 2018. The best year of his career came in 2017 with the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners, where he had a .266 batting average, 28 home runs and 67 RBIs in 521 Plate Appearances, earning his only all-star appearance. In his career for the Indians, A\’s, Mariners, San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds, Alonso has a batting average of .265, with 90 home runs and 389 RBIs in 3438 Plate Appearances.
For the Indians, they recently acquired two first basemen in Carlos Santana and Jake Bauers, making it easier to trade Alonso. While they trade him to a division rival, a thing many teams try to avoid, they get a prospect for him, and they most likely would not have needed him in 2018.
Call, 24, had a batting average of .248, with 12 homers and 58 RBIs in 505 Plate Appearances for High-A Winston-Salem, and AA Birmingham.