With the trade of outfielder Alex Rios, the Chicago White Sox may remain dormant until the Winter Meetings.
The Chicago White Sox had an outstanding string of deals this season that saw the club erase quite a few high end contracts and acquiring quality talent in return. With the White Sox’ Minor League organization ranking as one of the worst in baseball going into this season, there are reasons for optimism on the South Side. Unlike the North Side of town, the Sox seemed to have been put a great step forward in what General manager Rick Hahn hopes will be a quick rebuild.
The White Sox still have a great pitching staff under the tutelage of long-time pitching coach Don Cooper. They have a very legitimate ace in lefty Chris Sale and, with good defense and run support, be in Cy Young discussions for years to come. However, pitching has never been a problem for the White Sox in recent years.
First-baseman Paul Konerko will most likely be departing after this season. Starting pitcher Gavin Floyd will most likely be following him out the door as well. The White Sox may try and move first-baseman/designated hitter Adam Dunn as well, who will have one year remaining on his contract.
Who knows? With a few key moves made by Hahn in free agency and via trade, the White Sox could find themselves right in contention next year. With the disposal of the Jake Peavy contract and nearly all of the Alex Rios, the White Sox could be key players in free agency.
The Sox maybe awful right now, but the future seems a bit brighter with the moves Rick Hahn has accomplished in his first season behind the helm for the club. Only time will tell to see if the prospects and the liquidation of contracts will benefit the club moving forward, but it can’t be denied that the right idea is being utilized by the South Siders.