The Biggest Trades at the White Sox Winter Meeting


You remember the winter meeting. The baseball world gathers where it’s warm for a few days to talk stores, do business, make trades, and announce free agency deals.

The Sox took center stage in 2016 with two big-hit deals, including the transfer of one of the greatest pitchers of all time, Chris Sale. They have shared a historic moment in the history of the Winter Conference: In 1975, general manager Roland Hemond, who had worked for new owner Bill Veek, opened the Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood, Florida. In three days, they made six deals involving 22 players, traded Jim Kurt and Bill Melton, and acquired Ralph Garr and Clay Carroll. Did. It was the last winter meeting before free agency.

Like everyone else in the game, the Sox have been blacked out for the past two seasons.

However, after the 2020 conference in Dallas was canceled due to COVID-19 and the lockout in Orlando for 2021, the conference will resume next week in San Diego.

Will socks grace the front page? Here’s how they made news at last winter’s conference.

December 6, 2016, National Harbor, Maryland

The biggest deal of those meetings and one of the biggest memorable deals, the Sox kicked off their rebuild by giving the Red Sox a five-time All-Star sale. Right-handed Michael Kopech, outfielder Luis Vasabe Jr., and right-handed Victor Diaz, according to Baseball America.

The Sox continued it the next day, sending outfielder Adam Eaton to the Nationals and acquiring right-handed pitching contenders Lucas Jolito, Reinaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning.

Jolito became an All-Star, Lopez had mixed results, and Dunning was traded for Lance Lynn.

Sale and Eaton helped the team win the World Series.

December 6, 1984, Houston

Hemond sent 1983 Cy Young winner Lamar Hoyt and minor league pitchers Kevin Kristan and Todd Simmons to the Padres to acquire 20-year-old minor league Ozzy Gillen. He was a three-time All-Star and was the Sox’s 2005 World Series champion manager.

The Sox also have utility player Luis Salazar and pitchers Tim Rohrer and Bill Long. At the time, it was considered a bold move for Hemond, but Hoyt struggled in 1984, battling a drug problem, and by 1987 he was out of baseball.

December 13, 2004, Anaheim, California

In a deal that helped shape the 2005 champion, GM Ken Williams traded power-hitter left fielder Carlos Lee to the Brewers for faster, defensively superior Scott Posednik and reliever Luis Vizcaino. Podsednik stole 59 bases, was named to the AL All-Star team, finished 12th in MVP voting, and hit a walk-off home run in Game 2 of the World Series against the Astros. The deal also saved about $6 million in labor costs and gave the Sox the flexibility to sign second baseman Tadahito Iguchi.

December 10, 1976, Los Angeles

The Sox traded Fireman of the Year Rich “Goose” Gossage (1975) and Terry Forster (’74) to the Pirates for outfielder Richie Zisk and right-hander Silvio Martinez. This was part of Veeck’s loan player scheme to acquire a player who was known to be highly motivated last season before free agency. Zisk led the South Side Hitmen with 90 wins with 30 homers and 101 RBI in 1977, one of the most fun in Sox history. Gossage became a closer to the Hall of Fame and had his best seasons with the Yankees and Padres.

December 11, 1973, Houston

Not all Hemond deals have been good ones. Declining Cubs star Ron Santo became the first player to use his 10 and 5 rights (10 years experience, on the same team he has five) to deny a trade to the Angels. rice field. Swisher, Ken Frailing, and a player to be named (Jim Kremmel) are transferred to the Cubs. With Bill Melton pinned at third base, a disgruntled Santo was relegated to DH duties and second base. He did not get along well with managers Chuck Tanner and Dick Allen, batting .221 with five homers and 41 RBIs. It was his final season in the Hall of Fame at the age of 34.

December 2, 1971, Phoenix

In what is seen as a franchise-saving deal, Hemond, who was the director of player personnel, acquired disgruntled slugger Allen from the Dodgers for Tommy John and infielder Steve Hantz. He led them to a winning season, nearly led them to an AL West title, won an AL MVP award, and increased the attendance numbers the Sox needed.

An hour later, Hemond pried starter Stan Bernsen off the Yankees for infielder Rich McKinney. In 1972 he had 21 wins.

December 4, 1957, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

In a deal that shocked Sox fans, popular future Hall of Famer Minnie Mignozo moved to Cleveland with infielder Fred Hatfield for future Hall of Fame pitcher Early Wynn and outfielder Al Smith. Sent. Wynn won the AL Cy Young Award in 1959 after winning 22 games and helping the Sox reach the World Series. Smith also contributed to that team.

“I’m the happiest man at the Broadmoor Hotel,” said Cleveland manager Bobby Bragan. “If he had to pick six or eight of the most exciting players in baseball, Miñoso would be one of them.”

At the 1959 conference in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Sox reacquired Mignoso and three others from Cleveland for Norm Cash, John Romano, and Bubba Phillips.

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In 1961, pitchers Billy Pierce and Don Larsen were transferred to the Giants for Eddie Fisher, Dom Zanni, and Bob Farley. Keith Faulk and Mark Johnson joined the Athletics in 2002 for Billy Koch and Neil Kotz. Cy Young winner Jack McDowell moved to the Yankees in 1994 for a player named Keith Heberling (Lyle Mouton) in the minor leagues.


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