White Sox could start rebuilding this offseason as they have solid assets to trade. If franchise chooses to rebuild, can front office be trusted to get great returns?
The Chicago White Sox haven’t publicly declared they will be sellers this offseason, but there are rumblings they might start rebuilding sooner than later. According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, multiple general managers have stated Sox general manager Rick Hahn is open for business on the teams entire roster.
This could hint at a rebuild for the Sox, which most fans wouldn’t mind at this point. With this news, it could also signal the end of Chris Sale and Jose Quintana in Sox uniforms. Although this is just a rumor, this doesn’t bode well for Sox fans who want this time to contend next season.
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The Sox blew their chance to contend with Sale, Quintana and Jose Abreu by failing to acquire solid complementary players over the past two seasons. If the Sox were able to add quality depth to its rosters the last two seasons, they could have had a better chance at contending. Instead, the Sox made horrible trades and signed ineffective but cost-efficient players.
If the Sox intend on rebuilding its roster, can the front office get good returns? The Sox haven’t made the best decisions with trades recently, but they should seek high returns on trades for Sale and Quintana. Other players that could be traded are Abreu, Todd Frazier and David Robertson. The Sox could get great returns if they were to trade its best assets.
Hahn reportedly asked for Jackie Bradley Jr. to be part of a trade package for Sale from the Red Sox at the trading deadline. If that’s any indication, the Sox are certainly looking for major league ready players in return for its best assets. The Sox will need to execute a rebuild effectively as they will need to ensure they can return to contending in a few seasons.
A negative of rebuilding is having new manager Rick Renteria having to work with a younger roster again. Renteria managed a rebuilding Cubs team in 2014, but didn’t get a chance to guide the team to success as he was fired after one season. It would be nice if Renteria could showcase his managerial skills with a contending team in his second managerial stint in the majors.
The Sox could very well give contention another shot in 2017. In my opinion they should as the fanbase is desperate to see a winning ballclub. With the Sox playoff drought going on nine years, they should try to contend next season with its current core. If they do choose to rebuild, they have to lay out an effective plan to ultimately return to contention. It worked for the Cubs didn’t it?