White Sox: Making the Case for Rebuilding the Organization
With the White Sox reportedly open for business, it’s time to start thinking rebuild. The organization could have a quick turnaround if they do it correctly.
The Chicago White Sox may be open to moving most of their roster, according to reports. That means it’s time to start looking to rebuild. This organization has a lot of quality assets. They also have some promising young guys in the minors. Combine those together and you have a recipe for success. While a rebuild can take a long time, it’s possible the Sox could pull it off in a short period of time. If they do it correctly.
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This will fall squarely on the shoulders of executive vice president Ken Williams and general manager Rick Hahn. They need to be able to turn their best assets into guys that will be able to contribute to a winning team for years to come. Just like Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer did for the Cubs, that’s what we need from this duo.
It would be hard to part ways with guys like Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, but the fact is that could net this team a huge return. Better than what the Yankees got for Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman. With those two moves, the Yankees went to having the best farm system in the majors. It’s scary to think what the Sox could get for their two stud lefties.
I am not all for rebuilding because I think this team could compete, but this is about trying to win a championship not just make the playoffs or be in the thick of the division race. I’m also not too sure ownership is willing to spend money on the big-name free agents. If the owners aren’t willing to spend money, then you might as well stock pile talent in the minors and build that way.
Now, if Jerry Reinsdorf was committed to letting Williams and Hahn court guys like Yoenis Cespedes and Matt Wieters, and actually make them legitimate offers, then rebuilding should be off the table. However, we all know Reinsdorf is cheap and won’t do that. So the organization doesn’t have much of a choice.
As much as it pains me to say it, there’s no reason for this team to keep guys like Quintana and Sale if they aren’t going to be serious about winning. For all the talk about this team playing under expectations, I haven’t seen the front office do anything. All they did was hire a new manager. And even the circumstances surrounding that were a little odd. They might be the only team in baseball history to let a manager with four consecutive losing seasons decide his own fate.
With the offseason in full swing, we will definitely see what route this organization is going to take. It’s up to ownership to decide if they are okay with being bad or if they’re ready to fix the problems and do what’s necessary to build a winning team. They cannot afford to screw this up or it could set the franchise back for years.
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