The Chicago White Sox have had an awesome offseason so far so what should fans be wishing for with them this holiday season?
The Chicago White Sox have been one of the busiest teams in Major League Baseball since the offseason began. As soon as the Washington Nationals ended the season by winning the World Series back in October, the Sox got to work. They have signed Jose Abreu and James McCann to extensions, acquired Nomar Mazara via trade, and signed both Yasmani Grandal and Dallas Keuchel in free agency. This is a lot so the team has exciting expectations now headed into the 2020 season.
So with all of this offseason success, what should White Sox fans be wishing for this holiday season? There are three obvious answers. The first is more development. Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito, and Tim Anderson have all appeared to have taken the next step in 2019. They can probably all take an even bigger step in 2020 if things go their way. The hope is that guys like Nick Madrigal, Andrew Vaughn, and Luis Robert can come in here soon and develop nicely as well. If these things happen then the White Sox can be very proud of how their development went during the rebuild.
The next thing on the wish list for White Sox fans should be results. The team has been rebuilding since the day they decided they were going to trade away Chris Sale. Now, we are three years removed from that and it is time to start expecting results. 2020 is going to be expected to be the year that the team turns the corner so there is a bit of pressure to see that through. If they manage to do that, you can start to believe that this rebuild is going to work.
The third wish on the list is health and recovery. Michael Kopech and Carlos Rodon were both removed from the starting rotation in 2020 due to Tommy John surgery. They are both expected to make full recoveries. Kopech is ready now and Rodon is going to take just a little bit more time. The hope is that they are both going to come back stronger than ever to help this team win. They along with everyone else having health and longevity would be really awesome for this team.
If all of these things come true then you could be seeing something special develop here. Rick Hahn had a vision when he started tearing this team down in 2016 before starting to build it back up. It takes time and there has been a lot of losing but it may all be worth it someday. This is a good time to enjoy the holidays with the family and start getting ready for a really fun White Sox 2020.