White Sox Get Mark Teahen From Central Rival Royals




The Deal
The Royals traded arbitration-eligible third baseman/outfielder Mark Teahen (plus $1 million) to the White Sox, who plan to play him at the hot corner and shift standout rookie Gordon Beckham to second base. The Royals netted a pair of inexpensive and inexperienced infielders from Chicago in second baseman Chris Getz and third baseman Josh Fields.
 
Royals Acquire
Chris Getz, 2b
Age: 26.
Born: Aug. 30, 1983 in Farmington, Mich.
Ht.: 6-0. Wt.: 185. Bats: L. Throws: R.
School: Michigan.
Career Transactions: Selected by White Sox in fourth round of 2005 draft; signed June 9, 2005.

Club (League) Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Charlotte (IL) AAA .267 5 15 4 4 0 0 0 0 3 1 2 .421 .267
Chicago (AL) MLB .261 107 375 49 98 18 4 2 31 30 54 25 .324 .347

Getz figures to provide the Royals with, at the very least, a strong defensive option at second base (in contrast to Alberto Callaspo) and the positional flexibility to handle shortstop, third and the corner outfield. And though he didn't show it during his rookie season, Getz ought to inject the Kansas City lineup with a dose on on-base percentage. He's a quiet hitter who's geared for contact and knows the strike zone. He compiled .382 and .366 OBPs in full seasons at Double-A and Triple-A on his way to Chicago. Getz has almost no power, however, so he'll have to prove to big league pitchers that they can't knock the bat out of his hands. He's an above-average runner who was successful on 25 of 27 stolen base attempts as a rookie.

Josh Fields, 3b
Age: 26. Positions: 3B (74 G), 1B (17 G).
Born: Dec. 14, 1982 in Ada, Okla.
Ht.: 6-2. Wt.: 225. Bats: R. Throws: R.
School: Oklahoma State.
Career Transactions: Selected by White Sox in first round (18th overall) of 2004 draft; signed June 18, 2004.

Club (League) Class AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Charlotte (IL) AAA .265 27 98 15 26 5 0 5 13 13 22 1 .357 .469
Chicago (AL) MLB .222 79 239 29 53 5 2 7 30 25 76 2 .301 .347

Fields cracked 23 home runs in 100 games as a White Sox rookie in '07, one year after nearly going 20-20 for Charlotte (19 HR, 28 SB). In the two intervening seasons, he's been injured a bit too often to build on his debut. That down time can only partially explain away his poor selectivity (.302 on-base percentage in the big leagues) and propensity for strikeouts (34 percent of at-bats). It hasn't all been bad, for in that time he's absolutely crushed lefthanders. In a limited, but perhaps illustrative, sample of 218 plate appearances, Fields batted .285/.356/.580 with 16 of his 31 career homers. He has slowed as he's reached his mid-20s, so he's no basestealing threat, nor is he anything more than adequate at third base. The Royals may give Fields a few months to see if he can solve righthanders, but if not he has value if deployed as a power threat versus lefthanders, especially seeing as he can capably play all four corner positions.
 
White Sox Acquire
Mark Teahen, 3b/rf
Age: 28. Bats: L. Remaining Commitment: 1 arbitration-eligible year before free agency ($3.757 million in '09).
Contract details courtesy of Cot's Baseball Contracts.

Club (League) YEAR AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB OBP SLG
Kansas City (AL) 2007 .285 144 544 78 155 31 8 7 60 55 127 13 .353 .410
Kansas City (AL) 2008 .255 149 572 66 146 31 4 15 59 46 131 4 .313 .402
Kansas City (AL) 2009 .271 144 524 69 142 34 1 12 50 37 123 8 .325 .408
3-Year Totals .270 437 1640 213 443 96 13 34 169 138 381 25 .330 .407

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