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White Sox: Five Intriguing Spring Training Storylines

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Aug 30, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his hits a two run home run in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 30, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier (21) celebrates his hits a two run home run in the second inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 6, 2016; National Harbor, MD, USA; Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn speaks with the media after the White Sox traded pitcher Chris Sale (not pictured) to the Boston Red Sox on day two of the 2016 Baseball Winter Meetings at Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports /

White Sox open Spring Training with no expectations of contending. What will be the most intriguing storylines for the Spring?

The Chicago White Sox began Spring Training this past Tuesday in Glendale, Arizona. While the team isn’t expected to contend this upcoming season, there are still some intriguing storylines for the South Siders. The Sox won’t have the expectation from fans and the media of contending for the postseason. This could work in the favor of the Sox as they’ve failed to live up to lofty expectations over the past two seasons.

With a new season upon Sox fans, the start of Spring Training has to be a welcome sight. Fans don’t have to wait much longer to see live baseball, and they can get the chance to see some of the young prospects the team acquired over the offseason. Despite this being the first Spring Training without Chris Sale since 2010, the Sox will still field a pitching rotation that features Jose Quintana. However, could this be the last Sox Spring Training for Quintana?

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The Sox have other trade candidates in Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Jose Abreu. Although neither player was traded this offseason, this could very well be each players last Spring Training with the Sox. The last update regarding a potential trade between the Sox and Nationals hit a stalemate with the start of Spring Training quickly approaching this past Monday.

As Spring Training begins, there will be other things for fans to watch as the Sox prepare for the upcoming season. Who will win the battle at second base between Tyler Saladino and Brett Lawrie? Will Rick Renteria be able to keep the Sox motivated for the start of the season? These are just some storylines Sox fans should watch out for, but there’s much more in store for the South Siders in Arizona.

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