The AL and NL Players of the Week might really annoy Chicago White Sox fans.
The Chicago White Sox have done a really nice job of adding some youth to their organization since they started their rebuild at the end of 2016. They have added some absolute studs like Yoan Moncada, Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, Lucas Giolito, and Michael Kopech amongst others which makes the future of the team feel very bright. Well, it hasn’t all been great as there have been some serious mistakes in recent memory too. The MLB’s most recent players of the week make that fact even more apparent.
For last week, Fernando Tatis Jr. was the National League Player of the Week with his .435 average, 6 home runs, and 9 RBIs. Frankie Montas was the American League Player of the Week because he went 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA and 14 strikeouts. It was a great week for both of these players to be the Player of the Week for their respective leagues and they both just happen to be players the White Sox traded away.
Tatis Jr, who might be one of the biggest stars in the game today, was traded by the White Sox to the San Diego Padres so they can add James Shields. It was as bad of a trade as you can have and one that the White Sox are going to regret for a very long time. Tatis Jr. is a great player who we have to watch be elite for another team. Shields was awful in his time for the White Sox which makes it even worse.
Frankie Montas was part of a three-team trade in his departure from the White Sox organization. He went to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Todd Frazier come over to the White Sox from the Cincinnati Reds. Frazier was a nice home run hitter for a couple of years but he wasn’t all that good in the long run. This is a trade that isn’t quite as bad as the Tatis one but it doesn’t look great here today.
The White Sox traded both of these guys when they were trying to win. They wanted to add Frazier and Shields when they believed that they were contenders for the Division. They were wrong but at least it wasn’t during the rebuild. Teams give up prospects for proven talent when they are trying to win all the time but these look really bad in hindsight. Well, they are the players of the week and hopefully, the White Sox have learned their lesson.