The Chicago White Sox began their rebuild this week with the trades of Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, respectively. Sale was traded to the Boston Red Sox for four prospects. The package from Boston included infielder Yoan Moncada and picther Michael Kopech, along with a pair of single-A players. Moncada is ranked as the best prospect in all of major-league baseball. Kopech is one of the elite pitching prospects in the game. The young right-hander has had his fastball clocked at over100 mph. Three of the four young players the Southsiders received from Boston were in their top 10 of theRed Sox minor-league prospects.
The White Sox front office didn’t stop dealing following the Sale deal, sending Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals for three minor league pitchers. The haul for Eaton includes Nationals top prospect, right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito, who ranked as the third overall prospect in all of baseball, according to MLB.com’s midseason rankings. Also heading to Chicago are Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning. The trio ranked as three of the Nationals top six prospects.
These two trades may be difficult for some fans to understand, but they were a necessary evil if the White Sox truly want to become a consistent contender. These seven prospects have made The White Sox farm system overnight into one of the best in all of major-league baseball and they might not be done. Pitchers David Robertson and Jose Quintana might also be dealt this winter, not to mention, third baseman Todd Frazier, who could all command some more young elite talent in return for their services.
One or two more trades could really put the Southsiders’ rebuild on the fast track to completion. Don’t be surprised if, by 2019 the White Sox are in the playoffs.