Chicago White Sox: No Need For Trade Deadline Moves
By Josh Diaz
The Chicago White Sox are headed in the right directions in terms of their rebuild, and there is no need to make a trade deadline move.
The Chicago White Sox have a record of 44-52 through 96 games of the 2019 season. This is an improvement from last season, in which they were 33-62 through 95 games. The July 31st trade deadline is looming, and it usually has plenty of teams involved and making moves. The Chicago White Sox don’t need to be a team making moves this year as they are still rebuilding and need to be adding pieces rather than subtracting.
The White Sox are not expected to make noise in the division this year, although they are not too far out as they sit 15 games back from the red-hot first-place Twins, and 11 games back of a wild card spot. The team is clearly headed in the right direction, but the wrong move at the wrong time can set them back. We don’t want to see another Fernando Tatis Jr. for James Shields trade, there is no reason for it.
The only plausible move would be dealing Jose Abreu to get younger if the White Sox know he is not resigning which would be a shocking thought. There is not a star like Chris Sale to trade for top prospects either so the White Sox need to stay put and get ready for free agency and the 2020 season.
The 2020 season for the White Sox is going to be the year that the rookies have a full year under their belt, as well as the anticipated MLB debut of Luis Robert. The young players can develop veteran habits and Michael Kopech returns from Tommy John surgery.
Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, and Eloy Jimenez will be relied upon up as statistical leaders, along with Abreu as the veteran presence. Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, Dylan Cease, Reynaldo Lopez, and Carlos Rodon fill the pitching staff and the future looks bright for the young Chicago White Sox.