Winter meetings are now over and on Wednesday there was a flurry of activity. When the dust settles who will be declared the winner of the week, easily the Chicago White Sox.
Over a two-day period, the Chicago White Sox traded away Chris Sale and Adam Eaton to the Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals respectively. Yes, the White Sox hurt their near term prospects of winning, but honestly they weren’t going to win anything anyways with the roster they had.
By trading away two players who long term may not have been on the roster anyway they got back 4 of MLB’s top 40 prospects. Of the prospects that came to Chicago the best two names are Yoan Moncada and Lucas Giolito. These two prospects alone could both be future all-starts. Then you add in the other prospects in Michael Kopech, Victor Diaz, Luis Alexander Basabe, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning.
In all likelihood the White Sox and new general manager Rick Hahn is probably not done. Don’t be surprised to see Jose Quintana and/or David Robertson next on the list of players on their way out. With the team not in contention this year or likely next Quintana’s two-year contract would be an attractive piece to move. With Nate Jones waiting in the wings with his 0.892 WHIP in 2016 it would be easy for the club to part ways with current closer Robertson and get a good if not great return for him, especially in what has shown to be a hot closer market this off-season (Aroldis Chapman – 5-year $86 million and Mark Melancon – 4-year $62 million).
There are still moves to be made, but as of now my vote for off-season winner is firmly with the Chicago White Sox.