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The White Sox Hone In On Their New Avisail

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Avisail Garcia spent six seasons with the White Sox. They were mostly sub-par seasons, but they were marred by injury, and they always seemed a bit worse because the expectations were high for him. He just had so many tools, and damn it, once he put them together, and things clicked, he was going to be great.

I mean, how often did Hawk tell you that Avi was the true five-tool player?

Except it never really clicked. Avi had one great season with the White Sox, hitting .330/.380/.506 in 136 games in 2017, with an OPS+ of 138. It was the only time he finished the season with an OPS+ above 100 aside from the 2014 season. That year it was 105, but the catch was he only played in 46 games.

After another injury-laden 2018 season that saw his numbers dip below league average, Garcia was let go over the winter, and it felt like a relief to finally be rid of the experiment. Now Avi is in Tampa having a league average season, and the White Sox, well, it looks like they're missing Avisail Ga…

It's Time To Bring Adam Engel Back

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It's time to bring Adam Engel back.

I'm sorry to startle you with that right at the top, but I've always believed in ripping the band-aid right off. Sure, it's gonna hurt a little as you rip the hair from your body, but it's going to hurt whether you go quickly or now, so you might as well get it over with.

But it's time, and Tuesday night's game should have driven that point home. While we were all focusing on Eloy's injury and Dylan Cease's pitching, I was thinking about Adam Engel. As I watched Charlie Tilson run into Eloy (and after the game Tilson said he may have called for the ball too late), and then later take a horrible angle on a ball hit to center that soared over his head, I thought of Adam Engel. As I watched Ryan Cordell dive for a ball he had no chance of catching for like the fifth time this season, I thought of Adam Engel.

You know things are going incredibly poorly when we reach this point, but this White Sox team needs Adam Enge…

Jose Abreu Does Not Care About Leverage

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Jose Abreu needs help.

It becomes more apparent with every passing day that he has no idea of the concept of leverage, nor how to use it. Abreu will be a free agent this winter. He's going to turn 33 in January, and has already seen his skills begin to diminish. Yes, he's hit 21 home runs and driven in 66 during the first half of the season, but he also has an OBP of .316. In fact, since the beginning of the 2018 season, Abreu's OBP is at .322. During his first four seasons in a White Sox uniform, his OBP was .359.

He also plays a position that has become baseball's version of the running back in football. It's a position that was long held to be one of the most valuable positions on the field. Now it's become a position for those with no other choice.

Can't play left? Put him at first. Can't play third? Put him at first. Can't play first? Well, I hope you hit well enough to DH.

These are all reasons why Abreu's market this winter could be cool…

Fuck It, Let's Write About A.J. Reed

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Who would have thought that the first post I wrote on this blog in nearly a year, and only the second in almost two years would be about A.J. Reed? It certainly wasn't me, and I'm surprised by it even as I type these words. I suppose the best way to explain what's happening here is that it's the All-Star break, I've got my work finished up elsewhere, and I'm just fucking bored.

So, yeah, A.J. Reed.

The Sox plucked him off waivers from the Astros on Monday as James and I were recording the latest episode of White Sox Business, and I wish I could say it came as a surprise. It didn't. The moment I saw the Astros had designated Reed my first thought was "that seems like the kind of guy the White Sox would take a shot on."

I mean, we saw Yonder Alonso all season long. We then saw Daniel Palka. And we've certainly seen the team take an approach where it seems to be willing to do anything in its power to make sure Zack Collins isn't getting the …

The Hawk Has Been Plucked Of His Feathers

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I felt a strange sensation on Sunday afternoon. I tuned into the White Sox game a few minutes before first pitch against the Blue Jays and was greeted by Steve Stone going over lineups and all the usual pre-game fare. But then as he was taking the broadcast to break, he said something that caused my shoulders to sag and a disappointed sigh to pass my lips.

Stone said that the broadcast would be back with Hawk.

That was the moment I first realized that it was a Sunday home game, and that meant Hawk Harrelson would be in the booth instead of Jason Benetti. Now, it says a lot about how much I enjoy Benetti, and how quickly he's ingrained himself as a part of the White Sox broadcast that I was upset to learn he wouldn't be calling the game today. Having said that, while Benetti deserves some of the credit for that, Hawk deserves a significant share as well.

I love Hawk Harrelson. I don't say that as an empty platitude, either. He's the narrator of my baseball life. He'…

Thoughts On The Trade With The Yankees

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Like so many White Sox fans I barely paid attention to an exciting 1-0 game with one of the best pitchers in baseball as well as Clayton Kershaw last night. I was too busy following every little update about what wound up being the trade that sent Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees for Blake Rutherford and other dudes.

After the trade was finally announced, my excitement only intensified with the news that Yoan Moncada was finally being called up.

Happy Yoan Moncada Day, by the way.

As for the trade itself, now that I've slept on it and spent a few more hours thinking about it, I suppose my reaction to it is still similar to how I felt last night when it all started breaking.

I'm surprised.

I'm not surprised that Frazier and Robertson were dealt. That's been expected since the winter. I'm surprised that they were packaged together along with Tommy Kahnle in one deal. I'm also surprised by the return the White Sox got.

It just feels …

Zack Burdi's Injury Is A Reminder Of The Importance Of Quantity In A Rebuild

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On Friday the White Sox announced that one of their 2016 first-round picks, Zack Burdi, has a UCL tear and is likely going to need Tommy John Surgery.

This sucks for plenty of reasons.

First of all, Burdi -- the No. 10 prospect in the Sox system -- is not only going to miss the rest of this season, but there's a good chance he'll miss 2018 as well. Coming off Tommy John, there won't be any reason for the Sox to try and rush him back for a couple of weeks of minor league ball.

That means the next time we see Burdi on a pitching mound could be spring of 2019.

This is a big blow for Burdi's development, as well as the team's plans for him. Let's not forget that while the team was still deluding itself into believing it was a contender last year there was talk of bringing Burdi up to help out the bullpen last season, just months after being drafted.

The reason for this was because Burdi has big stuff, and a lot of velocity to go with it. He routinely hits trip…

I Wouldn't Expect Jose Quintana To Wind Up In Milwaukee

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When I wrote about Jose Quintana's trade market last week, I mentioned the Milwaukee Brewers as a team that might find itself interested in him. They were seldom mentioned when it came to Quintana because nobody expected them to be contenders this season. Like the White Sox, they're supposed to be in the midst of a rebuild, though clearly, they're at a more advanced stage.

Not surprisingly, on Friday Jon Morosi wrote that the Brewers had been doing their due diligence on Quintana and Oakland's Sonny Gray.

Of course, while it was Morosi's report that received the lion's share of the attention, as well as a tweet from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's seemingly confirming Morosi's reporting, there was another tweet from Haudricort that leaves me extremely skeptical of Milwaukee's seriousness when it comes to Quintana.

This one.
Do not expect #Brewers to get silly and trade away all their top prospects, however. Long view still in effect while short v…

Taking Stock: A Look At Jose Quintana's Trade Market

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While the White Sox have been more enjoyable to watch this season than I anticipated, the truth is that, in the bigger picture, how they look on the field this year doesn't matter. While other fan bases watch their teams hoping to see them make a playoff run, if not more, there is no World Series for White Sox fans this year.

Instead of the World Series, we had the draft in June and the trade deadline coming up. A deadline that's approaching rather quickly, as June is about to become July, and eventually, July becomes July 31!

So what better time than now to start taking stock of where the Sox stand with their trade chips this summer?

Today we look at the player whose trade stock we've spent all season (as well as the offseason) thinking about: Jose Quintana.

HOW IS HIS STOCK?
It's doing rather well, and I don't think it's just because he seems to have turned a corner in his last few starts. The truth is, while we may have been gnashing our teeth over his trad…

Taking Stock: A Look At Melky Cabrera's Trade Market

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While the White Sox have been more enjoyable to watch this season than I anticipated, the truth is that, in the bigger picture, how they look on the field this year doesn't matter. While other fan bases watch their teams hoping to see them make a playoff run, if not more, there is no World Series for White Sox fans this year.

Instead of the World Series, we had the draft in June and the trade deadline coming up. A deadline that's approaching rather quickly, as June is about to become July, and eventually, July becomes July 31!

So what better time than now to start taking stock of where the Sox stand with their trade chips this summer?

I don't think the White Sox would mind moving Melky Cabrera in a deal this summer, but how much interest will there be in the human gif machine?

HOW IS HIS STOCK?
It's improving, but it's not high. Melky's 2017 season got off to a horrible start, but he's turned things around in the last month and a half. Following a 7-6 loss…