The Chicago White Sox did not waste any time making some moves this offseason as they made some the day after the World Series.
The Chicago White Sox wasted no time making moves following the 2019 World Series. The Washington Nationals couldn’t even make it back to the District of Columbia to party before the White Sox listed a plethora of things they have done that should help them better their organization going forward.
The first move was a trade. They sent catcher Welington Castillo to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Jonah McReynolds and an international signing bonus pool slot. Castillo played a decent amount in 2019 but they are ready to use Zack Collins in an expanded role in 2020, likely pairing him with James McCann who was an American League All-Star in 2019. They also have Seby Zavala in the organization in case there is an injury. It isn’t a needle-moving move by any means but they clearly have a plan for the most important position on the diamond besides pitcher.
Ryan Burr, Michael Kopech, Carlos Rodon, and Jon Jay are all reinstated from the 60-day injured list. That is obvious but it is exciting to see Michael Kopech come off the IL. He went down after an electric MLB debut in 2018 and it sidelined him for the remainder of that season and all of 2019. We made it through that hurdle and can be excited about what Kopech might be able to evolve into next season. Rodon also figures to be a big part of this staff as well.
Jose Abreu, Ross Detwiler, Jon Jay, Ivan Nova, and Hector Santiago are all free agents officially. That doesn’t mean one or more won’t come back, they are just now all free to test the free-agent waters. Obviously, the big name on there is Jose Abreu who has been one of the best players on the team for multiple years now. Going forward, he might not be the best on the team but he is still one of the best and can be a major bat in the middle of a potent lineup. Hopefully, the White Sox can retain the 2019 American League RBI leader.
The final piece of news to come out is that the White Sox sent Josh Osich to the AAA Charlotte Knights and the Boston Red Sox claimed him off waivers. The moves take the White Sox 40 man roster and decrease it to 32 players. Hopefully, this is all a part of a very big plan to execute a huge offseason and make sure the White Sox are an even better team in 2020.