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Rick Hahn and the Chicago White Sox Rebuild

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The Chicago White Sox Rebuild

The Chicago White Sox 2016 season was certainly disappointing. The team started the season by going 23-10, but slipped under .500 for the fourth straight season. With an unimpressive 2016 season behind them, the White Sox have started a rebuild spearheaded by general manager Rick Hahn.

During the winter meetings, general manager Rick Hahn traded away All-Star pitcher Chris Sale and starting right fielder Adam Eaton for some top prospects. The Sox received Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Luis Alexander Basabe, Victor Diaz and Dane Dunning, but GM Rick Hahn says more deals could be on the way.

“We remain in contact with other clubs and there is certainly a chance in the coming weeks before we get to camp or certainly before opening day that we do have additional moves.” – Rick Hahn

Hahn does have other players available that could be dealt for more prospects and young talent such as: David Robertson, Jose Quintana, Brett Lawrie and Todd Frazier among others.

Speaking of Jose Quintana, rumors of a trade involving him have been circulating since the winter meetings, with teams like the Houston Astros, Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies involved in talks. However, time has passed and Quintana still remains with the White Sox. Currently the White Sox have control of Quintana through the 2018 season with a $1 million option for the 2019 and 2020 seasons. When asked about the trade rumors Quintana responded:

“I heard a lot about trades this year, but I don’t have control of that,” Quintana said. “I’m happy to be here.…We have some good talent this year, and I’m here. I have all of my focus on the White Sox.”

However, during the rebuild, there are a few prospects that Sox fans can expect to see on the major league roster this season, most notably Charlie Tilson. Last season, the White Sox traded relief pitcher Zach Duke for Tilson at the trade deadline. Tilson made his first start with the White Sox on August 2nd against the Detroit Tigers. Later in that game, Tilson would tear his hamstring while attempting a diving catch in the 5th inning. Tilson is currently listed as the White Sox starting center fielder, so expect to see him on opening day.
Another Chicago White Sox prospect who was injured during his first game with the team is 3B/DH Matt Davidson. Davidson started his first game against the Minnesota Twins on June 29th. Davidson got his first hit with Chicago White Sox and then proceeded to fracture his foot running the bases. The Sox certainly got unlucky with injuries last season. Currently, Davidson is listed as the Sox starting DH, but that could change as Tyler Salidino and Avisail Garcia may get time at DH as well.
With the rebuild rolling along, more players could be on the move before the season starts or at the trade deadline. The White Sox may struggle in the short-term, but if they play their cards right and continue to let Rick Hahn make moves, the White Sox should be ready to compete again fairly soon.