White Sox: Both teams that helped kick of the rebuild won rings

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The Chicago White Sox kicked off their rebuild by making trades with the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals and both have won it all since.

The World Series is over and now the 2019 season is in the books with the Washington Nationals as the kings of the baseball world. They defeated the Houston Astros in seven games to become the champions and put the Chicago White Sox and the rest of the league into the offseason. Some exciting times are ahead for the Sox, but they were all made possible because of a smartly executed rebuild. The rebuild was set up by two big trades, and those trades led to the White Sox having a bright future and those two teams are now both World Series champions.

The rebuild kicked off with the trade of Chris Sale going to the Boston Red Sox. In return, Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech went back to the White Sox. Chris Sale went on to be the ace of a World Series level staff that included Rick Porcello, David Price, Nathan Eovaldi, and Eduardo Rodriguez. They won the World Series with Sale throwing the final strike.

A few days after the Sale trade, the White Sox sent Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals and got Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez in return. Adam Eaton had a really good performance in the playoffs and the Nationals became the World Series champions for the first time in franchise history. The two teams that helped out the White Sox by taking their players for top-level prospects won the World Series in back to back years.

The trades can officially be considered wins for all teams involved. Giolito was an All-Star for the White Sox in 2019, Lopez is still trying to figure out if he is going to be part of the rotation long term or a bullpen guy, Moncada might be the best overall player in the organization, and Kopech was great before having Tommy John surgery. Michael Kopech is set to return in 2020 and be better than ever.

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Hopefully, the trade magic can now work for the White Sox and these players can turn into guys who can lead this team to the playoffs and beyond. It is hard to guess how good the team will be in 2020 but the future is very bright on the south side.