The White Sox are at a great point in their rebuild. The amount of talent they amassed could allow them to trade for a proven commodity.
As we look into the Chicago White Sox future, there is a lot of be happy about. Rick Hahn has done a phenomenal job of remaking the roster. The roster is still a work in progress but the future seems bright. From top 100 prospects to guys who have a chance, the farm system has a little bit of everything, and at every position.
The outfield of the future lies in the hands of Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert. While Michael Kopech could headline the starting rotation. Then there are the likes of Jake Burger and Zack Collins, who the Sox hope can contribute to future success. So what does all this mean?
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With the amount of talent, this means the White Sox could put a package together and trade for an All-Star caliber player in the future. We saw them attempt to do this with their pursuit of Manny Machado, and to a lesser extent, Christian Yelich. What’s most impressive is they could potentially do this without sacrificing their top three prospects [Jimenez, Kopech, Robert]. That’s how much talent is in their farm system.
With seven prospects in MLB Pipeline’s top 100, the Sox are set up for success. This means they don’t necessarily need all their guys to develop. They could choose to flip some of that young talent for major league ready talent. That in and of itself can help fast track this rebuild.
This, of course, is a little way away. It may not be wise to do that now because the team isn’t ready to win. This is the type of thing you do to put yourself over the top. Like the Cubs did when they traded for Aroldis Chapman in 2016. The White Sox could be in a similar situation. The main difference would be they have a lot more talent in their minors, which makes the blow a little easier to take. It also means Hahn wouldn’t have to compromise their future in order to win.