The Chicago White Sox are almost ready to compete for the division and trading too much for a current star could be a big mistake.
There are always lots of crazy rumors around during the MLB offseason. Sometimes, when there is smoke there is fire. That is especially true when the rumors get picked up by some of the big baseball insiders. One of the big ones right now is the idea of the Colorado Rockies trading away their superstar third baseman Nolan Arenado. This would be a major shift in Major League Baseball if it were to happen. The Chicago White Sox were brought up as a team where he would fit for the right price.
The idea of the White Sox giving up one of Yoan Moncada or Luis Robert for Arenado is what went around the internet on Thursday. That, however, would be a terrible move for the White Sox to give up on either of them. Let’s be clear about one thing, Arenado is one of the very best players in all of Major League Baseball. As we stand right now, he would be the best player in the White Sox organization. He is an elite hitter and one of the best third basemen in the league defensively. He is the complete package.
While all of those nice things said about Arenado are true, it is clear that it would be a terrible move by the White Sox. Yoan Moncada has the high potential to be just as good as Arenado and so does Robert. Giving up on either of them right now just doesn’t make any sense. Arenado is a player that is ready to be on a World Series now. He will be 29 years old about two weeks into the 2020 season. He is also signed to a contract that might not be worth it a few years from now.
The White Sox have stayed on course with the rebuild for all this time and are just now starting to add veterans. They need to keep doing that and try to win with the really good core they have built. Arenado would be great on the Sox but it just wasn’t meant to be. It will be just as good with Moncada at third base and Robert in centerfield. Maybe if the Rockies took something lesser for Arenado we could have the conversation but the names from the White Sox being thrown around just make no sense.