The Chicago White Sox were smart for standing pat on some of their young players.
The Chicago White Sox didn’t make any moves of major significance on trade deadline day. They were filled with rumors all day about potential trades. They were involved in rumors for names like Mike Clevinger and Lance Lynn but nothing ever came to fruition. Nobody in the division got any better and if anything, a few of them got worse. The White Sox standing pat was the best option for 2020 and the biggest reason why is so they don’t make any trades they regret.
We all know that the White Sox made the worst trade in team history a few years ago when Fernando Tatis Jr. was sent to the San Diego Padres in exchange for James Shields. That 2016 White Sox team needed a fifth starter in a year that they were trying, keyword trying, to win. They sent away a kid who would grow into one of the best baseball players on planet earth to get him. You really don’t want anything like that to ever happen again so doing nothing was really the right move even though it was underwhelming.
There are some young players that were in the rumors and it was a bit scary as White Sox fans. We don’t want to see any of these kids traded away for them to become superstars with another organization so they can have two years of control of a veteran pitcher. If you are going to pay a big price like that, you need to be getting back someone who has the same ceiling. These are the three players that they were the smartest for not trading away: