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Chicago White Sox: 2020 World Series Champions
- Updated: December 9, 2016
After a busy winter meetings, the Chicago White Sox look like the favorites to win the 2020 World Series
On the surface, trading away extremely valuable assets may seem like a dumb thing to do. But the Chicago White Sox quickly turned that idea around with a highly active mindset at the Winter Meetings earlier this week.
In trading away one of the game’s top three southpaws, arguably, top five pitchers in the league, Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox, the White Sox acquired IF Yoan Moncada (#1 in Red Sox Top 30, #1 in MLB Top 100), RHP Michael Kopech (#2, #30), OF Luis Alexander Basabe (#8) and RHP Victor Diaz (#20).
Then the South Siders traded away All-Star and Gold Glove snub RF/CF Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals. In return for the leadoff hitter, the Nationals parted ways with RHP Lucas Giolito (#1 in Nationals Top 30, #3 in MLB Top 100), RHPs Reynaldo Lopez (#3, #38) and Dane Dunning.
“We are very pleased with the way this has started. However, we realize we are far closer to the beginning than we are to the end of this process. This is going to take time.” -Rick Hahn, White Sox GM
Before the trades, the White Sox number one prospect was RHP Carson Fulmer (#58 in MLB Top 100). After the Winter Meetings, Fulmer now sits as the organization’s fifth best prospect.
These deals the White Sox pulled off have them in a comfortable position to be contenders in 3-4 years, tops.
The projected White Sox rotation in 2020 consists of Carlos Rodon, Fulmer, Kopech, Giolito and Lopez (placed in no particular order).
In order for this rotation to be possible, the Sox need to unfortunately part ways with current ace Jose Quintana. Trading away “Q” would open the door for one of the five named above to make the rotation in the next couple years.
All pitchers listed above have high expectations and are being compared to the league’s current elite. In order to contend in 3-4 years, all five need to at least play as expected to bring a championship back to the South Side.
Not to mention the necessity of a center fielder and lots of bullpen improvements, and it is a possibility this could happen as various solid outfielders and bullpen pitchers become free agents in the near future.
Though it was extremely difficult for Sox fans to see fan favorites (and team leaders) depart, the reward definitely outweighs the risk. If fans are willing to sit back and let the next year or two mold these newly acquired prospects into elite players, they will bring home glory in 2020.
The Chicago White Sox will win the 2020 World Series. You saw it here first.