Thursday, February 9, 2017
I'm bored. There's been no real White Sox news in two months, save for the occasional trade rumor that is snuffed out by another report minutes later. I need something to think about, and with spring training so close, this offseason just feels incomplete.
So what do I do when I'm bored? I start thinking about possible things that the White Sox can do. When the Twins DFA'd Byung Ho Park I thought about whether or not the White Sox should claim him. I mean, if you're willing to give Avisail Garcia another season, why not kick the tires on Park? He actually has some ceiling left.
They didn't, though. Park cleared waivers and will start the season in the minors with the Twins.
So then I move on to the next idea, and this one floated in front of my eyes through the Twitter timeline this morning. Ken Rosenthal wrote about Matt Wieters, who is a free agent that remains unsigned, and there really hasn't been a lot of talk about him this winter. With spring training rapidly approaching it's somewhat strange that a catcher like Wieters hasn't been able to find a home, particularly considering the general state of catching in the Majors these days.
Monday, February 6, 2017
Things have been really quiet on the White Sox front -- and on this White Sox blog -- when it comes to trade rumors as of late. Things started off with such a flourish during the winter meetings when the rebuild finally began, yet now we sit here less than two weeks from spring training beginning, and we're all still waiting for the next step.
Jose Quintana is still here, as is David Robertson. Todd Frazier hasn't gone anywhere, and while it's not even a tiny surprise, Jose Abreu remains as well.
So when a trade rumor -- a new one -- finally bubbles to the surface, it's exciting, and on Monday morning Ken Rosenthal gave us all a glimmer of hope in a column about the Washington Nationals.
Friday, January 6, 2017
Rebuilds can last an incredibly long time. In fact, the truth of a rebuild is that there is no guarantee any of it is ever going to work. You can be stuck in one within decades if things don't go the right way.
Which is why patience is of the utmost importance when you're at the helm of such a project. Think of it like sailing a ship across the Atlantic in the early 1900s. It's not so much about getting to the other side of the ocean as quickly as possible as it is just getting there at all, ideally with most of your cargo intact. There are all sorts of pitfalls to avoid along the way, be it icebergs, major storms, or some German U-boat just looking to stir some shit.
Patience is also important for fans, though not for reasons of building the team into the winner you hope it to be, more so for the sake of your own sanity. There's really no way to prepare yourself for it if you aren't a patient person already, but if you're new to this phenomenon, the last few weeks have been an excellent example of what you can expect.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Oh hell yeah the White Sox have made their first blockbuster free agent signing of the winter. The big-time free agent deal that is going to accelerate this rebuild, and propel the Sox right back into the division hunt in 2017.
That's right, the White Sox have signed Derek Holland.
Anytime you can replace Chris Sale with Derek Holland, you are one step closer to that world title, my friends.
Okay, seriously, this isn't an exciting signing, but it's not supposed to be. This is just the boring kind of signing that you're supposed to make during a rebuild, as you still need people to fill out those 25 roster spots while your prospects continue to bake in the oven.
So what do you need to know about the Holland signing? Let's break it down.
Saturday, December 10, 2016
The White Sox are clearly rebuilding, that much is very clear.
Chris Sale is gone, as is Adam Eaton.
Players like Todd Frazier, Jose Quintana, David Robertson and Jose Abreu could soon be following them out the door. The White Sox team we watch next season will look a lot different than the ones we've seen around here lately.
Simply put, next year's team is going to suck, but at least this time it will be on purpose.
Now, while these trades are the key of the rebuild, there will be some free agent signings to come. I look for the Sox to sign some one or two year deals with veterans looking for a home. The kind of deals that can easily be flipped for more prospects should the players perform well.
But I have an idea for a free agent signing that seems to go against the rebuild, but is one I believe could help move the rebuild along at a faster rate if it works out.
I think the White Sox should sign Edwin Encarnacion.
Thursday, December 8, 2016
The 2016 Winter Meetings are over. The White Sox rebuild is not.
Although Rick Hahn was the most popular boy in school this week due to him kicking off the White Sox rebuild by shipping out Chris Sale and Adam Eaton to completely revamp the White Sox farm system, there's still a long way to go in this rebuild.
Now that the process has been started, there's simply no point in half-assing it from here on out, and frankly, not completely tearing it all down would be taking a step backward. Having said that, there's no immediate rush to get everything done.
While the 30-hour span that saw the White Sox trading both Sale and Eaton back-to-back felt like you were mainlining dopamine directly into your cerebral cortex, it's not an accurate reflection of how this process is going to work.
There will be more trades made before spring training, but they may not come this week. They may not come next week. Hell, they might not come until we turn the calendar over to 2017.
But they're going to come.
Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Rick Hahn done did it again. Hahn and the White Sox continued their war on the sanctity of Adam LaRoche's friends and family, sending Adam Eaton out the door on Wednesday, a day after sending Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox.
If there was anybody out there thinking that the Sox were going to stop at trading Sale, well, the message is clearer than ever before now. This is a complete teardown. The White Sox are starting over.
It's terrifying and exciting all at the same time, so let's go over everything you need to know about this latest trade.