The White Sox Hot Stove has been relatively quiet, but it shouldn’t be for very long now that it is clear the trade market is open for business.
With the Winter Meetings beginning on December 9, trades and free agent signings are on the horizon.
And, after the notable trade by the Yankees on Monday, it is clear that some clubs are open for business. As several teams are rumored to be selling rather than buying, I’d like to offer a few ideas for trades that would make the White Sox the team to watch in 2019.
These trades include some of the best players in baseball and wouldn’t come cheaply. But, since the ChiSox have money to burn and prospects to trade, these are not out of the question. After the disappointing 2018 season, fans deserve to have a team that is worth the price of admission. Adding these veterans to a team would only make the younger players better.
When it comes to trades, it is safe to say that a few are sacrosanct. Those include Michael Kopech, Eloy Jimenez, and Luis Robert. While these three prospects would net the Sox a load of top players, they are important for the future. However, if you are of the belief that parades are better than prospects, most of the minor league players the Sox have acquired recently are available for the right price.
The other considerations for trades are players that we, the fans, watched daily in 2018. The young squad is affordable, and will be for a few years, but they could be welcome additions to teams that are just beginning the process of rebuilding. Every team has to build a 25-man roster come Opening Day and players like Adam Engel and Yoan Moncada (flaws and all) could be valuable.
If the front office wants the Sox to contend, why not start now? With the open budget, this Hot Stove season could be the one where Rick Hahn spends like crazy.