White Sox: Bold Predictions For Upcoming Winter Meetings
Winter Meeting begins on Monday, what are some bold predictions for the White Sox for the annual meeting?
With the Winter Meetings just a few days away, it’s time for some predictions. This is a critical offseason for the White Sox, as they enter the second offseason in their rebuild. What will they do? Let’s take a look!
They will not trade both Jose Abreu and Avisail Garcia
Even though it might aid the club long-term to move both of them, the problem is that no one may be willing to part with what the Sox want at this moment. If that is the case, there is no purpose in dealing away valuable assets just to do so, because it may inhibit the progress they have already made. With that being the case, it makes sense to wait until a better time, or potentially not at all.
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Another aspect of Abreu’s value is his leadership with the younger Latin players. Keep in mind the Sox are a young organization and will need someone on the field to guide players such as Yoan Moncada to help them grow on and off the field.
At least one relief pitcher will be signed
With this being such a valuable commodity at the trade deadline, there is no question that Rick Hahn is looking at this market. Even a solid reliever would fetch a good return, meaning the Sox brass is searching high and low for potential bargains. Keep in mind they will value pitchers highly who keep the ball on the ground and miss bats, which plays well at Guaranteed Rate Field.
An off the radar trade will be made
Considering all of the acquisitions the Sox have made over the last twelve months, it is within the realm of possibility that some of their depth could be sacrificed in order to bring in a player they like. What that means is youth could be dealt for youth, building up the ballclub so that it can win for an extended period of time. While there is no reason to avoid trading for an established player if he fits the timeline, keep in mind that the younger assets should and will be valued by the Sox front office.
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All in all, these winter meetings are unlikely to be as entertaining as those we have gotten used to. While the Sox have some valuable assets, it may be difficult to move them without getting equal value in return. If that is the case, it makes no sense to move them even though the club may have desired to. So expect the unexpected, Sox fans.