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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…

Cody Asche Is Off To An Historically Bad Start

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Cody Asche is bad.

I know this, and if you're reading this story, you know this as well. Personally, I like to remind myself of how bad Asche has been by checking his Baseball Reference page every day and looking at his numbers.

Take my word for it, there's nothing that makes you feel better about yourself and what you're doing with your life than looking at Cody Asche's 2017 numbers.

I decided to mix things up a bit today, however. Asche's season has been awful so far, but how terrible is it in comparison to White Sox players of the past?

Turns out it's pretty bad!

As I write this Asche has played in 18 games and has 61 plate appearances this season. In that time he's posted an OPS of .359 and an OPS+ of 3. So, after seeing these numbers this morning, I decided to look up how many White Sox hitters in franchise history -- I left out pitchers -- had at least 60 plate appearances in any season with an OPS and OPS+ equal to or worse than Asche's current n…

Has Avisail Garcia Been Possessed By A Super Baseball Alien: An Investigation

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Entering the 2017 season Avisail Garcia had never been a particularly good baseball player. Sure, he had tools, and he had talent, but he had never been able to put them together consistently enough to have any kind of long-term success.

White Sox fans had spent the last few years just wishing to be rid of him because he was an anchor around the legs of a team put together with the intent of winning baseball games. Then things changed. The White Sox changed direction and decided they were going to tear it all down and rebuild.

This changed the relationship between the fans and Avisail. No longer would his poor play be a detriment, but rather it would be a blessing, as he was going to play every day for a team that wanted to lose games.

But a funny thing happened on the way to the 2017 season. Avisail Garcia suddenly morphed into a good baseball player.

Through the first month of the season, Garcia has been the best hitter on the White Sox, and one of the best hitters in baseball. So …

A Possible Lifeline For Jacob May

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On Friday night Jacob May went 0-for-2 with a walk and a strikeout. By itself, it wasn't a bad night. Hell, compared to what his teammates did, it was actually above average, as May actually managed to reach base. He was one of only four White Sox hitters to do so against Corey Kluber.

The problem is that May has had nothing but 0-fors this season.

He's now played in 10 games with 30 plate appearances. None of those 30 plate appearances have resulted in a hit. Two have ended with a walk to first, giving him a slash line of .000/.103/.000 on the season.

When Charlie Tilson went down with an injury during the spring I wanted to see the Sox give May a chance at a spot on the Opening Day roster. Considering we're at the beginning of a rebuild I felt it made sense to see what you have in May, who just turned 25 in January. Plus more May meant less Peter Bourjos, and less Peter Bourjos was fine with me.

Even if he is a better player, Bourjos is Bourjos, and he's always goin…

The Week That Were In White Sox: What Are We To Make Of James Shields?

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The Week That Were In White Sox is meant to be a weekly look back at the last week in White Sox baseball. I say it's meant to be because I can't guarantee it'll run every week because I can be quite lazy sometimes. So, you know, don't set your watch to it. Just know I'll try to get it up every week. Unless I don't.

James Shields is off to a terrific start. Or is he? It certainly looks that way on the surface, particularly compared to what he did last season. Shields has started three games so far this year, and he's 1-0 with a 1.62 ERA. On Sunday against the Twins, he had his best outing of the season so far, going six innings, and allowing only one run on an inside-the-park home run by Brian Dozier. He also struck out five hitters.

Of course, those numbers can be misleading, particularly this early in the season. What happens when we look a bit below the surface?

Well, we start to see some reasons to believe that this is all going to come crashing down at s…

How Strict A Platoon Should The DH Platoon Actually Be?

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When the White Sox originally released their lineup for Wednesday's game against Cleveland there weren't many surprises in it. Leury Garcia getting a start in center over Jacob May was the only actual change from the norm, and it was an understandable one.

While May has been solid in center, he's also hitting .000/.125/.000 through six games. Considering the White Sox have scored 23 runs this year, and 11 of them came in one game, the offense could use whatever kind of boost -- however negligible -- it can get.

What wasn't a surprise was seeing Cody Asche at designated hitter. The White Sox are facing a righty in Danny Salazar, and Asche is one of the few lefties on the roster. It's clear at this point that Rick Renteria is going with a platoon at DH, but plenty of Sox fans -- including myself -- are wondering just how strict of a platoon this really needs to be.

After all, if you're ready to sit May a day, why have faith in Asche at this point? His .077/.143/…

The Week That Were In White Sox: Avisail Garcia Is Your God Now

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The Week That Were In White Sox is meant to be a weekly look back at the last week in White Sox baseball. I say it's meant to be because I can't guarantee it'll run every week because I can be quite lazy sometimes. So, you know, don't set your watch to it. Just know I'll try to get it up every week. Unless I don't.

Avisail Garcia is good at the moment. I have to say at the moment because we've seen Avisail do this before. He'll hit really well for a week or two, sometimes even a month, and you start to convince yourself he's turned a corner.

But he doesn't.

Inevitably he goes back to being the same frustrating player he's been since he got here. Talented enough to tease you with flashes, but never able to fully flip the switch.

Still, there are some reasons to be optimistic this time around. While the White Sox fix Avisail Garcia's approach at the plate every winter, the changes this offseason focused on him changing the plane of his swin…

Conquering Your Fears: Living With Jose Quintana's Trade Value

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Jose Quintana wasn't supposed to be here to serve as the White Sox Opening Day starter. Using Rick Hahn's own words, if he had his druthers, Quintana would have followed Chris Sale and Adam Eaton out the door, returning his own plethora of prospects, giving the rebuilding effort an even bigger boost.

As we've gone over before, however, Jose Quintana is still here. In all likelihood, Jose Quintana is going to be here for at least a couple of more months. This is a bit of a worrisome proposition for the White Sox and White Sox fans. While Quintana's trade value will still be incredibly high this summer, and even again next winter, there are risks involved when holding on to a trade asset. Particularly one that's a pitcher.

How Am I Supposed To Feel About Carlos Rodon's Injury?

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I don't know what I'm supposed to do here.

On Friday afternoon, hours before he was scheduled to make his second start of the spring, the White Sox announced that Carlos Rodon had been scratched due to tightness in his upper left biceps. Am I supposed to freak out about this?

Honestly, I feel like I'm supposed to freak out about this.

Jose Quintana Is Still Here

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Jose Quintana is still here.

This isn't news to you. It's not news to anybody.

At the same time, it is news.