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MLB Trading Deadline: White Sox Are Biggest Losers

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Jul 18, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson (30) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning at Safeco Field. Seattle defeated Chicago, 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 18, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Chicago White Sox relief pitcher David Robertson (30) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the ninth inning at Safeco Field. Seattle defeated Chicago, 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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White Sox make no moves at trading deadline as they hold onto great assets despite a 51-54 record. White Sox are far from contending, and most likely won’t contend in the near future.

The White Sox had the chance to choose a clear path to rebuilding on Monday before the trading deadline, but instead they stood pat and didn’t make a single trade. With the trading deadline for 2016 behind them, the White Sox will try to move forward through the remainder of the season with largely the same team intact.

Although it’s frustrating for many White Sox fans, it appears the White Sox just didn’t get any good offers for any of their veteran players. I think the front office is just too incompetent to make the most obvious choice of rebuilding the team. Chris Sale, Jose Quintana, David Robertson and Melky Cabrera were some of the biggest assets for this team near the trading deadline, and they didn’t trade any of these players.

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When looking at a team like the Yankees who sit at 52-52 to start Monday, it’s very easy for the average White Sox fan to be upset at the team for not making any trades before the trading deadline. The Yankees were able to trade Carlos Beltran to the Rangers for the fourth overall pick in the 2015 draft Dillon Tate and two other minor league pitchers., They also traded starting Ivan Nova to the Pirates. The Yankees made clear to everyone they were sellers, unfortunately the White Sox are stilled mired in mediocrity.

The White Sox meanwhile didn’t make any trades, and they’re in the same position they were in last season. A mediocre team with an inept manager and front office. With a seller’s market in front of them, the White Sox inactivity on Monday will be hard for the team to explain to their fans.

There should be no excuse for the White Sox not to explore multiple trade possibilities when they aren’t even close to contending this season. The White Sox whiffed this past offseason in signing marquee free agents, and now they’ve whiffed again before the trading deadline. It’s maddening to see a front office make little effort to choose an actual direction to go in.

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The White Sox won’t be contending next season with this current team, and any additions made in the offseason will most likely be futile at best. If the White Sox can’t be trusted to add during a strong free agent class, how can they be trusted to add in a relatively weak free agent class?

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