As of March 22nd, the Giants claimed Jose Castillo off waivers. He was brought in, one can only assume, to solve the "Hot Corner" problem for the Giants.
This has several repercussions. The biggest of which effects the current battle, or now lack thereof, for who will be playing third base every day for the Chicago White Sox.
The incumbent, veteran Joe Crede, is returning from season ending back surgery.
The challenger, rookie Josh Fields, is coming off one of the best seasons a rookie has had in a White Sox uniform. He led A.L. Rookies slugging out 23 home runs and having a slugging percentage of .480 in just 100 games.
However, coupled with the fact that Fields still has options and Crede's better defense at third, the pick up of Castillo has all but dried up the market for the recovering Silver Slugger winner.
Castillo being claimed by the Giants might as well have printed Fields' airline ticket to Charlotte this season, at least until Crede can prove he is 100 percent and well enough to be traded.
But does it have to work like this?
Yes, the White Sox view Fields as their future third basemen (as well as present).
But, why not try to move the budding rookie infielder? Both the Giants and Dodgers still have needs at the "Hot Corner," even with the signing of Castillo. I can only guess that the youthful Fields could command better than a "B" prospect.
Yes, I know Crede is represented by Boras.
And yes, I know the White Sox current relationship with this infamous agent.
However, the Kenny Williams and the Sox already made some contracts and deals this offseason, as well as towards the end of last season, that the Sox said that they would not make (ex. Buehrle's 4-year deal).
Why not at least attempt to make a deal with Fields?
The Angels need a third basemen. It would allow Chone Figgins to switch back to his natural position of second base (or maybe he is who you trade for).
The Dodgers have a vacancy with Garciaparra going down.
Yes, the third base market for next year is not too thick. However, that is a risk you take if you trade Fields and fail to sign Crede.
General management in baseball is about risks. Why not take a shot?