These were players we once watched in Charlotte Knight and Birmingham Barons jerseys with anticipation. Today, we dread if a particular player is once again in the starting lineup.
We're all tired of the talk about this team's potential and their ceiling because they can't make it off the ground floor.
The craziest part is that these players do have the potential and they show sparks of it now and then but the formula isn't complete yet. A trade or two could move things in the right direction.
The Chicago White Sox could use a few trades to retool the roster.
Sox fans are tired of waiting it out and want results. These guys must all click together simultaneously, or some trades will be inevitable.
Finding the correct player to ship off and build something around is essential. Trading away the wrong player and not getting the proper return separates this from retooling and another full-scale rebuild.
Owner Jerry Reinsdorf has clarified that he doesn't want to start another full-scale rebuild. He wouldn't have to think about another rebuild if he didn't hire Tony La Russa but the past is the past.
For this White Sox team to win, they need to make sacrifices, and trading one or more of their players is just the first step. Trading the right players is most important.