Holiday Wish List: Chicago Cubs & White Sox

Holiday Wish List: Chicago Cubs & White Sox

Continuing on our series of holiday wishes for Chicago sports teams, we've already asked for specific moves by the Bears and Bulls.

Now, let's turn our attention to the two baseball teams in town. One just won the World Series for the first time in 108 years, and yet it's the South Siders who have been the toast of the offseason with a couple trades that blew away analysts - and their critics (including me).

So what are our holiday wishes for the Cubs and White Sox? They're pretty simple.

Anthony Rizzo

Cubs - Buy 25 hyperbolic chambers, keep the Major League roster healthy

Consider, for a moment, that the Cubs might struggle to find a place for the World Series MVP to be in the lineup every day. With Kyle Schwarber healthy and presumably stuck in left field, and with Javy Baez playing well enough at second to take over the every day duties there, "poor" Ben Zobrist will be a nomad at times this season.

The Cubs, on paper, are still arguably the best team in baseball. But it's a long season, and the postseason requires a healthy team to win it all. If the Cubs want to get a good chance to repeat, they'll need everyone to be in one piece.


White Sox - keep rebuilding, but don't trade Jose Abreu

Rick Hahn has been the overwhelming winner of the offseason, making two unbelievable trades with the Red Sox and Nationals to bring in an influx of potentially elite talent in a remarkably short amount of time. While there will be fans unhappy to no longer see favorites Adam Eaton and Chris Sale on the South Side, the players acquired in the two deals - especially Yoan Moncada - have the potential to replace the excitement quickly.

The Sox are still all over trade rumors, with Jose Quintana and Todd Frazier being popular names. And, occasionally, Jose Abreu is spotted in the rumors as well. Please, Rick, feel free to move Frazier and, as long as you continue getting ridiculous packages, Quintana. But keep Abreu in Chicago.

Abreu came over from Cuba three years ago and has been as good as advertised. Over his three big league seasons, Abreu has average 30 homers and 103 RBI, and has a career .875 OPS. He will turn 30 in late January, so it's easy to assume the Sox would have interest in moving him. But he could be a great mentor for a former teammate, Moncada, as the Sox try to get the number one prospect in baseball to live up his potential.

Keep burning it down, Sox. But keep Abreu here.


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