The 2021 Chicago White Sox should have a New Year’s resolution and stick to it.
The Chicago White Sox have a very good roster. They are loaded with talent and a good amount of the talent is under 25 years old. Those who are older than 25 are very good established veterans and there are even a few all-stars in that mix. The pitching has been good and it is getting even better as the years go on. They have one of the best pitching staff (bullpen and starters) in all of baseball so if you combine that with the elite offense they have, you get a really good team.
2020 was a good step despite the circumstances in the world around them. They believe 2021 is going to be a year with even more success and it is fair to believe them. With that, they need to set a New Year’s resolution and stick to it. The goal has always been to have sustained success. Ever since the rebuild began, Rick Hahn has been saying that and he has pretty much stuck to it throughout.
Trading Dane Dunning for Lance Lynn was the only move where he traded a young piece with long term control for an established star with much less control. Moves like that are going to happen but they need to avoid doing what the Chicago Cubs did. There should be no long term contracts given out to mediocre MLB players. There is no such thing as a bad one-year deal but there are bad multi-year deals.
They also need to be careful with trading. This past week, you have seen the San Diego Padres acquire two aces without giving up a single top-five prospect. There are great players to add without trading Andrew Vaughn, Michael Kopech, or Garrett Crochet. That is how you end up like the Cubs with a few years of Jose Quintana and half a season of Aroldis Chapman in exchange for Eloy Jimenez, Gleyber Torres, and Dylan Cease.
If Rick Hahn sticks to the plan throughout 2021, there is a good chance he will be able to down the road. This is a New Year’s resolution that we hope sticks beyond 2021 as well but let’s see how 2021 goes first. Happy New Year, White Sox fans. This is going to be fun.