The Chicago White Sox are a team that is just a few players away from competing for the Division and the Chicago Cubs might have some guys to look at.
The Chicago White Sox share the town with the Chicago Cubs. That fact has led to a pretty big rivalry. The rivalry is pretty much a fan-based rivalry, however, and it doesn’t impact either team on the field that much. They have the crosstown series and that is it. They are not in the same division or league for that matter, so it doesn’t really matter in the grand scheme of things. They will never impact each other’s chances of winning the World Series unless they actually play in the fall classic.
They have proven that point in recent years as they made a huge trade with each other in 2017. The Cubs acquired Jose Quintana from the White Sox in exchange for Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease. It is a trade that appears to be dominated by the White Sox but each team got what they needed at the time. The Cubs have been very successful since their rebuild officially ended, including a World Series title in 2016.
It has been downhill since for the Cubs since then, however. They did not qualify for the playoffs in 2019 and that has led people to believe that there are going to be some changes this year. They have already fired head coach Joe Madden and replaced him with David Ross. That is a monumental change for them and some player movement could follow. There are three players that the Chicago White Sox should try and take from the Cubs as they head into 2020: