The Chicago White Sox were winners at the trade deadline because they didn’t do anything.
The Chicago White Sox are big winners at the 2020 MLB Trade deadline. They didn’t add any players like the San Diego Padres, Toronto Blue Jays, or Cincinnati Reds. That is because they didn’t have to! They are in first place with the team that they currently have and should feel good about where they are and who they are. They are big winners on this day because of the fact that they didn’t move on from any of their young players.
They were involved in some of the heaviest trade rumors going into deadline day. They were a part of the discussions for Mike Clevinger and Lance Lynn. A lot of people believed they would land one of those two but they came away with neither. The asking price was reportedly very high on these guys so it is probably a good thing to say no in a season like this. Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel would have looked really nice with one of them pitching behind them but Dylan Cease will do just fine.
As long as this team gets some playoff experience, 2020 is a success for them. That is why they are smart for not trading away any of their young future pieces. They have a long way to go before they are contending for the World Series. You never know what happens this year so they might as well go for it with the pieces they have. Trading Andrew Vaughn, Michael Kopech, or Nick Madrigal would have been a serious mistake on their part.
Sometimes making big trades at the deadline changes the dynamic of a team as well. This team is playing really well lately and shouldn’t ruin that in a shortened season. They have been so much fun to watch because they can hit, pitch, and play defense. The Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers made themselves worse and the White Sox stood pat. They are winners because of their vision and sticking to it instead of making a rushed move.