White Sox add outfield depth for Triple-A Charlotte with their latest acquisition while there are some fans that are becoming pessimistic about current rebuild.
The Chicago White Sox current outfield depth is set. Despite not having Jon Jay to start the season and Eloy Jimenez still recovering from his latest injury, the White Sox outfield depth is still in good shape.
That isn’t the case for their Triple-A affiliate Charlotte Knights. On Friday, the White Sox traded for Paulo Orlando from the Los Angeles Dodgers according to MLB Trade Rumors. The return for Orlando wasn’t known at the time of the trade and MLB Trade Rumors suggest the White Sox might have sent cash considerations to the Dodgers.
The acquisition of Orlando isn’t a major one, but it does provide the Knights with more depth in their outfield for this season. Preston Tucker was granted his release earlier this past week and agreed to a deal to sign with the Kia Tigers of the Korean Baseball Organization. Orlando at 33, most likely won’t reach the majors anytime soon unless there’s an immediate need from the Sox.
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It’s been an up and down season for the Sox already and James Fegan of The Athletic wrote a somewhat pessimistic article in regards to where fans stood in cheering for the team.
Through the early part of this season, the Sox have a 16-21 record and have lost three straight games. Although some fans are still faithful to the team, others aren’t.
Fegan listed four different scenarios of where Sox fans currently stand through 37 games. The first scenario is Sox fans following The Athletic app for the Chicago Blackhawks. In this scenario, Fegan wrote that Sox fans who are checked out have convinced themselves that the franchise will never sign a top free agent after missing out on Manny Machado.
When will Sox fans let this go? Yes, the Sox missed out on Machado and Bryce Harper, but would any of those players help this team that is still struggling with pitching, be much better right now? Most likely not. Another scenario Fegan wrote about was Sox fans who are really, really worried about the current rebuild.
Going into this rebuild, many fans knew it would take some time for the Sox to become contenders again. While there are have been many injuries to top prospects over the past two years, there’s no reason for Sox fans to be worried about this rebuild. Despite a 16-21 record, the Sox are still a much better team than they were at this same point last season.
The last two scenarios Fegan wrote about were Sox fans either being done carrying water for the franchise or still believing in the current rebuild. If you’re a Sox fan that’s tired of carrying water for this franchise, that’s understandable. There have been some head-scratching moves made by the front office that hasn’t worked out well. Such as signing Ervin Santana and not Gio Gonzalez just to name one weird signing by the Sox.
However, if you’re a Sox fan that is still believing in the rebuild, continue doing so. There will be better days ahead and those days are coming very soon. It might not be as soon as this season, but there will be winning baseball played on the Southside soon. Despite pessimism from Sox fans and some writers, keep believing in this rebuild. Eventually, your faith will be rewarded.