Bold predictions for White Sox upcoming season might surprise many. Will South Siders make good on the predictions, good or bad?
Since Opening Day is Monday, it makes perfect sense to forecast the upcoming season for the Chicago White Sox. While it may not be one of joy for the South Side faithful, here are some bold predictions to look back on come October.
Jose Quintana will not be on the team come August 1st
This is about as easy as it gets. Quintana may be the top pitcher on the market come July, not to mention one of the best players regardless of position. Based on that alone, the Sox will have a bevy of suitors for their left handed ace. The only way this changes is if Quintana severely regresses or gets injured. Otherwise, hello top prospects.
Yoan Moncada will not win the American League Rookie of the Year
While predicting the Sox will move Quintana is simple, forecasting that Moncada won’t win Rookie of the Year is a bit tougher. Since GM Rick Hahn has already stated Moncada is unlikely to be rushed, it is doubtful he will see enough time at the MLB level to win any awards in 2017. To compound matters once he reaches the big club there is a big learning curve, therefore expect some bumps in the road in Moncada’s development.
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The White Sox will be involved in a 3-way trade at some point this year
Since the Sox are in sell mode, expect them to attempt to acquire as many assets as possible. Due to this very factor, potentially bringing in a third team that has a prospect they like makes sense, however they may have to get creative in order to do so. The Sox should be involved in a blockbuster trade this summer, why not try the non-traditional route?
Expect this season to result in a top five draft pick come 2018
We all know that the club has no intentions of competing this season, so why not be terrible? The end goal in all of this is to be so bad that they can be at the top of the draft, and bring more elite young players into their system. Considering that the team will move as many players as possible, losses should pile up in a hurry late.
All in all, this season has nothing to do with winning and championships. It is about one thing, that being the future. While the future is difficult to predict, if the Sox go about this rebuild the proper way, we the fans should pleased for many years to come.
Are you ready for a season of horrors, Sox fans? I hope you can take the misery.