Tag: hot stove

Where have you gone Common Sense, a nation turns its lonely eyes to you

I had intended to write about the holes in the White Sox minor league system today. Despite a farm system with good arms (Michael Kopech, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning) and big bats (Eloy Jimenez, Zack Collins), there are depth issues at certain positions that could be filled by a shrewd 2018 draft or by eventually... Read more »

Do you keep Carlos Rodon?

It appears I was actually correct this time. Jose Abreu and Avi Garcia are staying put on the south side. I like them both, but in my humble opinion, the White Sox would be better served trading them for additional prospects. The Sox have a great farm system now, but it isn’t perfect. Despite all... Read more »

Jose Abreu and Andrew McCutcheon, Avi Garcia and Randal Grichuk

I have been adamant and consistent this offseason. I like Jose Abreu and Avi Garcia. I like Abreu’s consistency and stoicism. I like Garcia’s hustle and persistence. Despite this affinity, I think they both should be traded. Abreu has two seasons of control left, and he’ll be 33 in 2020 when the White Sox are... Read more »

White Sox vs. Tigers, 2018

Wave goodbye to the big and bad Detroit Tigers of 2011 to 2014. Adios to Justin Wilson, Alex Avila, J.D. Martinez, Justin Verlander, Justin Upton, and Ian Kinsler. The 2018 Tigers are more of the toothless and feeble variety. Starting line up Jose Abreu (.304 AVG, .354 OBP, 33 HR, 102 RBI) still has a... Read more »

White Sox vs. Kansas City Royals

The Kansas City Royals are most likely set to lose at least three of four pieces of their 2015 World Championship team to free agency: 1B Eric Hosmer, 3B Mike Moustakas, CF Lorenzo Cain, and SS Alcides Escobar. All but Escobar will command multiple years and tens of millions of dollars to obtain. So how... Read more »

2018 White Sox vs. Cleveland Indians

Before I get started, let me give the MLB Network a little pub. I enjoy the Hot Stove show hosted by former major league second baseman Harold Reynolds and broadcaster Matt Vasgersian. Recently, I’ve seen two episodes that struck me. In one episode I watched about a week and a half ago, Ken Rosenthal, a... Read more »

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays White Sox fans. I always think of Christmas morning as meant for children, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have certain holiday wishes for current and former White Sox players. To wit… For Aaron Bummer: A new first name to represent a slogan for the 2018 season, Total Bummer. For... Read more »

Abreu will not be moved, will he?

Longoria vs. Abreu Abreu is the better player I delved into a comparison recently between Marcell Ozuna and Jose Abreu to illustrate what the White Sox might receive in a trade should they decide to eventually move Abreu. Ozuna was recently dealt to the St. Louis Cardinals for four prospects, and Ozuna and Abreu had... Read more »

The 2019 Chicago White Sox?

Apparently, according to numerous reports, Rick Hahn hasn’t lost his mind after all. White Sox fans can breathe a little easier. Last week I was in shock when I read that the White Sox were aggressively pursuing Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado. Machado is one year away from making hundreds of millions of dollars... Read more »

Ozuna vs. Abreu, with a sprinkle of Santana

Marcell Ozuna had a breakout year in 2017, and once the Giancarlo Stanton acquisition fell through, it appears the St. Louis Cardinals made Ozuna their top offseason priority. He was acquired from the Miami Marlins for four prospects: OF Magneuris Sierra (ranked #6 in the Cardinals’ system according to MLB Pipeline), P Sandy Alcantara (#9),... Read more »