Chicago White Sox: Standing pat at trade deadline is smart
The Chicago White Sox didn’t do anything of significance at this year’s trade deadline and that is likely going to be looked at as a smart move.
The Chicago White Sox are a below-average baseball team right now but they show signs of being very good in the not so distant future. They clearly have their eyes set on 2020 as the start of them trying to win some baseball games with regularity. They showed that by standing pat at the 2019 trade deadline. Now that 3 PM central has come and gone and the White Sox are seemingly the same exact team as they were prior to the deadline, it is time to start looking forward to next year.
It is good that they didn’t do anything because trading a guy like Jose Abreu would be tough for the clubhouse and the middle of the lineup. He has made it loud and clear that he wants to sign an extension and see this rebuild through with the White Sox. They are now looking like they are going to give him that opportunity.
They also kept arms in the bullpen like Alex Colome and Aaron Bummer. It feels like the 2018 White Sox would have traded those guys but here in 2019, they believed they should keep them. That could be because they see their window opening up as soon as next season and having a good bullpen is pivotal to winning in the MLB.
How can they see the window opening if they are currently sitting at 46-58? The answer is simple for anyone who understands baseball. Patience is a virtue. Nobody every successfully completes a rebuild in year three. The results don’t usually show in the win column until year four, just ask the Chicago Cubs or Houston Astros.
The right guys have made drastic jumps this year like Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, and Lucas Giolito. They are going to get some help in the rotation with the return of both Carlos Rodon and Michael Kopech. Dylan Cease will have a whole winter to prepare for the Major Leagues again and Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal show all the promise of playing on the south side next year.
The only small move the White Sox made today as far as trade was they dealt the often injured Nate Jones to the Texas Rangers for RHPs Ray Castro and Joseph Jarneski. Castro is headed to the DSL Sox while Jarneski goes to the AZL White Sox. They also announced that Yoan Moncada has a grade 1 hamstring strain and will hit the IL for a couple of days.
Other than the injury news to Moncada, White Sox fans should be happy about the way the trade deadline went because they basically announced to the world that they are not joking about what they believe 2020 can be.