White Sox should have a relatively quiet Winter Meetings this year, but what should team do during annual meeting? Is it time to trade more veterans?
The White Sox are only a few weeks away from entering the offseason Winter Meetings. This is where GM Rick Hahn made the first of his blockbuster trades last year. Not only did that Chris Sale trade restructure the entire organization, but it showed the direction the front office was heading into.
The Winter Meetings are a fun time for fans across the league because it offers the opportunity to completely revamp, restructure or restock a roster with whatever that team needs. While the craziness might take place during the trade deadline in the middle of the season, the offseason offers the better chance to have an overall successful year. It’s also just better to build team chemistry and cohesion from the start of the season rather than the middle.
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With the White Sox already completely invested in the future and the rebuild, should they try and make another big splash at the Winter Meetings this year? The answer to that is simply – not quite.
The White Sox have two reasonable options at the Winter Meetings. It’s either getting more prospects and selling off their last assets, or acquiring a few more veterans to hold down and mentor this young team.
Honestly, the Sox don’t have many other options that they can get done this upcoming month regardless. Any assets they had, they’ve already dumped off. They also don’t have many experienced veterans left on the roster.
If the Sox wish to get even more prospects, they only have two tradable assets left that many teams should be very interested in, Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia. And there’s no such thing as having too many prospects. Odds are that many of the prospects the Sox have will not reach their highest potential. The more prospects the team has, the better odds they’ll have enough good players to win in the future.
But even if the Sox do want to keep Abreu and Garcia, they should at least try to pick up a few dependable veterans. Veterans who can try and mentor the younger players currently on the team. Preferably experienced pitchers because if the Sox have a lot of anything, it’s young pitching. And that’s not even counting the pitching talent in the minor leagues.
The Sox could actually benefit from just one more losing season because it could give them another good run of draft picks in 2019. It’s not like the Sox are in a position to contend at the moment anyway.
Reasonably, the Sox should hold onto Abreu for veteran leadership and Garcia for his potential upside, and see who they can land in the free agent market. If they can unload a player or two and get a prospect in the process, that would be great. Nonetheless, the rebuild came as a huge surprise to most Sox fans last winter. You can never rule out Hahn, who is always working on something in order to make a big move.