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What You Need To Know About The Derek Holland Signing

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.

An Idea So Crazy And Stupid It Might Just Work

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.

The Rest Of The Rebuild: An Idea Of What To Expect

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 …

What You Need To Know About The Adam Eaton Trade

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.

So What Is Jose Quintana Worth?

As I sat down to write a post here this morning, I originally intended to write something about Chris Sale. Something long and sappy, and probably a bit too writer-y, about Sale's time in Chicago. I got about 350 words in before I decided to scrap it.

Chris Sale is gone now, and while I'm not happy about it -- I understand it, but that doesn't mean I need to enjoy it -- I don't really feel like wallowing in it, either. I'll let that happen when I see Sale pitching in the postseason for the Red Sox next year after we just finished wading through a 65-win season.

Instead I've decided that the only impact Chris Sale will have on this post is using his trade value to try and determine what we can get for the other stud in our rotation, Jose Quintana.

What You Need To Know About The Chris Sale Trade

It happened.

I didn't want it to happen, and even as it became clearer that it was going to happen, and the White Sox were going to tear it all down and start over, I just hoped harder that it wouldn't. But it has.

Chris Sale has been traded to the Boston Red Sox for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Basabe and Victor Diaz.

What do you need to know about the trade? I'll try to fill you in as best I can as I type these words through the pain.

White Sox Tender Avisail Garcia And Brett Lawrie: What Does It All Mean?

Friday was the deadline for teams to tender players eligible for arbitration, and there were two major decisions looming for the White Sox.

Would they tender Avisail Garcia and Brett Lawrie, or let them go.

I know most White Sox fans wanted them to let Garcia go, and due to some cryptic tweets from Lawrie last month, most assumed he would be let go.

So of course the Sox tendered both, bring Garcia back for $3 million and Lawrie for $3.5 million. So what does it all mean? Besides the fact I've been chugging whiskey to cope with the idea of having to watch Avisail for another season I mean.

Let's figure it out together.