By Jim Callis
July 31, 2005
The first trade on the final day for deals without waivers was a small one. The White Sox picked up Geoff Blum from the Padres for Double-A lefthander Ryan Meaux.
Blum, 32, has hit .241/.321/.375 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 78 games this season after signing a one-year, $575,000 contract. He’s a utilityman who has more pop than most players in that role. He has become less disciplined at the plate in recent years, reducing his ability to hit for average. His speed is average at best, and his hands are his best defensive tool. He has played all four infield positions for the Padres this year, and has played the outfield in the past. Blum is a career .253/.317/.396 hitter with 61 homers and 274 RBIs in 760 games.
Meaux, 26, signed with Giants as a 25th-round pick out of Lamar (Colo.) CC in 2001 and joined the White Sox in a July 2002 trade for Kenny Lofton. He impresses scouts more with his command and his makeup than his stuff. He works mainly with a mid-80s fastball and a curveball, and he’ll throw an occasional changeup. He has gone 5-2, 2.96 with three saves in 38 games this year at Double-A Birmingham. He has a 64-18 strikeout-walk ratio in 67 innings, with opponents batting .291 with two homers against him.