Yonder Alonso Reportedly Traded to White Sox from Indians for Alex Call

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorDecember 15, 2018

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 06:  Yonder Alonso #17 of the Cleveland Indians reacts after striking out against Gerrit Cole #45 of the Houston Astros (not pictured) in the second inning during Game Two of the American League Division Series at Minute Maid Park on October 6, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)
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The Chicago White Sox acquired Cleveland Indians first baseman Yonder Alonso on Friday, according to Stadium. Alex Call, a 24-year-old outfield prospect, is heading to the Tribe as part of the deal.

Alonso had 23 home runs and 83 RBI while slashing .250/.317/.421 for Cleveland in 2018. He's entering his age-32 season. Call had 12 home runs and 58 RBI split in 123 games over Single-A and Double-A ball last season.

The natural question here is what the White Sox now plan to do with incumbent first baseman Jose Abreu. Mike Petriello of MLB.com has a theory:

MLB analyst Jim Bowden reported Tuesday that the Colorado Rockies were looking for a first baseman, and Abreu was one of the names mentioned as a possible target:

However, Edwin Encarnacion is off the table after he was dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays, per Nightengale, and Carlos Santana is now a Cleveland Indian, leaving the Rockies' options a bit thinner. Abreu could therefore be a more valuable addition in the Rockies' eyes, especially because he isn't saddled with a long-term deal.

Per Cot's Baseball Contracts, Abreu, who is also entering his age-32 season, is arbitration-eligible this year before he's set to be a free agent in 2020.

The White Sox could keep both players on the roster, with one acting as a designated hitter and the other manning first base. But the wild card here is whether the fact that Alonso is prized free agent Manny Machado's brother-in-law has anything to do with the move.

Jon Heyman of Fancred wondered whether the transaction could sway Machado, who had 37 home runs, 107 RBI and slashed .273/.338/.487 for the Baltimore Orioles and Los Angeles Dodgers last season. Per Nightengale on Friday, the team is interested in signing him and fellow free-agent star Bryce Harper.

Regardless of what happens on that front, Alonso provides the White Sox with some nice pop against right-handed pitchers.

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