White Sox ending 2019 with a bang
The Chicago White Sox have made a lot of noise over the last month or so which has allowed them to end 2019 on as high of a note as possible.
A 72-89 finish in a season would often look terrible for a team going into their next season looking to contend, but the White Sox record is not indicative of the situation they are in a few months after the 2019 season ended.
Since then, the team has fortified their rotation with the additions of Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez which will be added to Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dylan Cease.
On top of it, they’ll be getting flamethrower Michael Kopech back early in the season and Carlos Rodon will return in the second half as well, creating pitching depth the team did not have this past season.
Dane Dunning could also be added to the mix pretty soon after making 11 starts at Double-A Birmingham in 2019.
Offensively, this team might not even be recognizable in 2020 with the additions of Yasmani Grandal, Edwin Encarnacion, and Nomar Mazara helping aid a young core that includes Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, and Eloy Jimenez.
They also kept Jose Abreu in the fold, who led the American League in RBI last season.
The White Sox will further be improved when Luis Robert and Nick Madrigal join the South Side in 2020.
Both of them could actually prove to be the two biggest additions for the team, especially Robert who is ranked as the third-best prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline.
Next season could be really special with as strong of a lineup as that and with the Minnesota Twins failing to really bolster their below-average starting pitching staff, it is looking more and more likely that the White Sox can be a threat to win the AL Central in 2020.
There’s a lot to be excited about for the White Sox going into 2020 and the next decade and their strong finish to 2019 is a major reason for this newfound hope.