By Jim Callis
August 5, 2004
During their failed stretch drive in 2003, the White Sox traded for Carl Everett and Roberto Alomar. Trying once again to make a run (but fading fast), Chicago reacquired Everett in mid-July. The White Sox repeated the past once again on Thursday, picking up Alomar from the Diamondbacks from a player to be named later and cash equivalent to the waiver price.
Like Everett, Alomar wasn’t pursued by the White Sox after becoming a free agent last offseason. The best offer he got was a one-year, $1 million contract from Arizona, with $350,000 deferred. Now 36, Alomar doesn’t resemble the player who made 12 straight all-star teams and won 10 Gold Gloves from 1990-2001. To his credit, he has been an improvement over the player who sleepwalked through 2002 and half of 2003 with the Mets. His bat has rebounded, as he has hit .309/.382/.473 with three homers and 16 RBIs in 38 games. His range has diminished significantly in the field from his prime. He missed two months after Ben Sheets broke his right hand with a pitch in April. Alomar, whose brother Sandy Jr. catches for the White Sox, is a career .301/.372/.444 hitter with 209 homers, 1,126 RBIs and 474 steals in 2,361 games.
Feb. 18, 2005 update: The Diamondbacks acquired lefthander Brad Murray from the White Sox to complete the deal. A 27th-round pick out of Embry-Riddle (Fla.) in 2000, Murray operates primarily with a fastball and slider. In 59 games between high Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham last year, he went 3-8, 5.07 with three saves. In 82 innings, he had a 37-26 strikeout-walk ration, with opponents batting .304 with five homers against him. He has a career 13-14, 3.86 record with nine saves in 190 pro games.