White Sox reportedly send scouts to view each Red Sox minor league game on Friday night. Red Sox could be potential landing spot for two White Sox pitchers, one being a closer.
The White Sox are falling quickly from contention with each loss, and its last loss on Friday night might have been the definitive nail in the coffin for the 2016 season. The White Sox wasted another solid outing from Jose Quintana, and ultimately loss to a walk-off walk against the Twins in 12 innings.
On Friday however, there was a rumor the White Sox were scouting the Red Sox minor league teams. There was even a false rumor about the Red Sox pulling Yoan Moncada from his game with Double-A Portland Sea Dogs.
Although this rumor was untrue, news of the White Sox scouting the Red Sox minor league teams should prove this front office is serious about rebuilding.
The White Sox are reportedly requesting five top prospects in exchange for Chris Sale. Despite Sale’s last start against the Cubs on Thursday, the White Sox could still sell high on the All-Star starter. The White Sox could also sell high on Quintana. In Friday’s loss to the Twins, Quintana received a no-decision but had another quality start for the White Sox.
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There were mentions on twitter from White Sox fans about Sale being more expendable than Quintana at the moment. I don’t disagree. Based off Sale’s recent tirade last Saturday, Quintana’s calm demeanor despite lack of consistent run support is a welcome sight for this franchise. Sale’s outburst because of throwback jerseys put the additional strain on the White Sox bullpen this past week. In fact, Sale didn’t have his best stuff in his last start against the Cubs on Thursday as he last just six innings.
The White Sox wouldn’t necessarily have to trade Sale to the Red Sox in order to haul back a number of top prospects such as Moncada or Andrew Benintendi. The White Sox could trade Quintana and possibly David Robertson to the Red Sox in exchange for one or two of those players. But a trade of Sale, could net the White Sox with the Red Sox top five prospects.
Those prospects include third baseman Rafael Devers, left-handed pitcher Jason Groome and right-handed pitcher Michael Kopech according to mlbpipeline.com. The White Sox need an infusion of young talent into its minor league system, and a trade of Sale or Quintana would certainly help in that regard. With the White Sox sitting at 50-53 to begin Saturday, the team needs to start truly focusing on the future and start rebuilding.