Originally Posted by lpneck
He has value to the Rangers in the sense that he is marginally better than Craig Gentry. He DOES NOT have value to the White Sox that is even close to $17.5M.
The White Sox win this trade by literally giving him away for nothing and freeing themselves of his contract. If they can get rid of him, their financial obligation for next season will be under $50M, and under $30M for 2015. It will give them the opportunity to have the financial flexibility to rebuild in the next 2 years that they have sorely lacked recently because they have had so many bad contracts.
It will be the best day of the year for the Sox if this happens- regardless if they get a filler prospect from the Rangers or not.
If he's valuable to the Rangers then why should the Sox give him away for nothing? He's arguably the best bat for the Sox so he DOES have value. Maybe not at $17.5M but he does have value for the Sox.
The Sox are not hurting financially and thus not looking to just unload his salary so I don't see how they win by just giving him away.