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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…

Taking Stock: A Look At Todd Frazier'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?

One player the Sox will be looking to trade this month is third baseman Todd Frazier, but how successful are they going to be doing so? Let's figure it out.

HOW IS HIS STOCK?
Not great! Frazier hasn't lived up to expectations since the White Sox sent Micah Johnson, Frankie Montas, and Trayce Thompson to the Dodgers as part of a three-team…

Taking Stock: A Look At David Robertson'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?

This is the first in (what I plan on making) a series of posts about individual players and how their markets are shaking out. We're going to start with White Sox closer David Robertson.

HOW IS HIS STOCK?
It's better than it was over the winter. While the White Sox wouldn't have minded moving him before the season began, the interest …

The Cardinals Have Been 'Linked To' Avisail Garcia Apparently

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Here's a sentence I never thought I'd even think within the deepest recesses of my mind, let alone type onto the internet where people could read it and know I feel it: Avisail Garcia is garnering trade interest, and I'm furious about it.

I'm serious. I read today that the St. Louis Cardinals are interested in Avisail, or at least have been "linked to" to him this year, and it made me angry to think about it.

Now, the good news is that it comes from Nick Cafardo, and as we've documented here in the past, Cafardo can sometimes be a tiny bit off when it comes to trade rumors. He's essentially Boston's answer to Phil Rogers in that I'm never quite sure whether he's told these things, or if he's just making his fantasy trades and writing them down and presenting them as real things.

Cafardo writes that Avi and Detroit's J.D. Martinez are the "two names linked most often to the Cardinals." He also mentions that Howie Kendrick

I'm Not Sure Why Kevan Smith Gets So Much Playing Time

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My girlfriend is in love with Kevan Smith.

All right, love might be a strong word. In truth, she’s more in lust than anything. Anytime we’re watching a game together and Smith shows up on the screen there is a visceral reaction within her.

I haven’t seen her this excited about a White Sox player since Carlos Quentin was wiggling his ass in the batter’s box.

None of this is the reason I want to see Smith playing less often than he already is, but it would be a bonus.

I’ve mentioned this on Twitter more than once, and I figured it was time to actually write a post about it because A) I haven’t written anything here in a while, and B) seriously, why the hell is Smith getting so much playing time?

Geovany Soto last played for the White Sox on May 7 since going down with an elbow injury that I’m guessing will cost him the rest of the 2017 season. Since then Smith has started 16 games for the White Sox. Omar Narvaez has started 13 games since Soto’s injury, and that includes three start…

Odds Are Jose Quintana Won't Be Traded To The Cubs

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Not everything that makes sense makes sense.

Does that make sense?

Just in case it doesn't, maybe I should explain further. You see, there's been some recent scuttlebutt across town about the White Sox possibly trading Jose Quintana to the Cubs for a boatload of prospects. The theory is that the Cubs have been looking for a starting pitcher with years of control for a while now, and the slow start to the season might accelerate their search for one. The White Sox happen to have one of those available in Jose Quintana.

The White Sox are looking to trade Quintana for prospects to help their rebuilding efforts, and the Cubs certainly have prospects.

So, you see, on the surface it makes sense.

As is usually the case when it comes to trade possibilities between the White Sox and Cubs, the local media is preparing their takes on it. Most of those takes involve the White Sox -- particularly Jerry Reinsdorf -- not wanting to help out the Cubs in any way.

And that makes sense as wel…