The Chicago White Sox have made the biggest splash so far at the Winter Meetings in San Diego, adding two impact arms in starter Jeff Smardzija and closer David Robertson. The AL Central may be the most winnable of the six divisions and the White Sox, 73-89 last year, saw Kansas City make the most of a wildcard berth by advancing to the World Series in 2014. Early on in San Diego, it is the Sox bringing in the big names.
Samardzija was acquired from the A’s for three minor leaguers, including infielder Marcus Semien. “The Shark” has just one year left on his current contract and Oakland continued its makeover by dealing their 2014 deadline acquisition.
Robertson, to the surprise of many, agreed to a four-year, $40MM deal with the White Sox on Monday. After moving from a setup role to taking over for Mariano Rivera in New York, Robertson became a star closer and racked up 39 saves.
The Winter Meetings go through Wednesday, with deals possible at all hours.