Transaction Analysis

White Sox re-sign Jose Valentin for 3 years, $15 million

This is a smart move for the White Sox.  Instead of riding the slim chance of getting Alex Rodriguez they assure themselves stability at the shortstop position by retaining Jose Valentin.  Valentin had a huge year last season, batting .273 with 25 home runs and 92 RBI, which earned him a 3-year deal worth $5 annually.  He turned down larger offers, most notably from the Orioles, to remain with the White Sox.  What’s even better about this move is they did not close out that slim chance of getting A-Rod, as with the signing of Valentin, they made it clear he could be moved to second base (with Ray Durham going to center field) if they were able to land Rodriguez.  This is a good move for the White Sox and gives them a bit more stability going into the rest of the off-season.

Triple Steal Rating: Triple

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TripleSteal Rating Scale:
Grand Slam - A can't miss move; automatically makes the team considerably better.
Home Run -
A great move; will help the team now and down the road.
Triple -
A good move; plugs a temporary hole or will help in the future.
Double -
An average move; team will get what they paid for.
Single -
A head-scratcher; could help, but we definitely don't see how.
Out -
A panic move; tells fans "hey, we're trying..."
Double Play -
A disaster; will make fans angry just thinking about it.

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