It finally happened!! It is your buddy BeefLoaf…….we are back again, and Rick Hahn has exceeded my expectations on the Chris Sale trade. First off, he seems to have played his hand perfectly and gotten the best prospect in baseball (Yoan Moncada)…………he also got rid of the one piece that will finally force this rebuild, I’m elated. I am not going to spend any time going over the prospect haul as you can find that information everywhere……….I’m going to address…
WHAT NOW?!?!?!?! Most of you reading this are probably a little bit sad, I know the White Sox twitter family was mixed as to their level of joy and sadness due to Chris Sale being traded. I saw people pouring out drinks, I saw people getting irate and frustrated. I saw people writing about their undying love for Chris Sale and how they want to get a Red Sox Chris Sale jersey (seriously, that’s kinda weird, twisted, sick and fucked up, if that was you, delete those tweets before I send the authorities after you, because you might deserve a restraining order). Anyway, if you are sad, spend a little time wearing nothing but your K Zone t-shirt and posing in the mirror until you feel a little better, like this guy
If you are thrilled, like your buddy BeefLoaf, then I suggest an Ickey Woodsesque celebration dance, just pretend you just scored a touchdown OR got some cold cuts and you’ll be set. I personally stomped around my office like I was the Wiz and nobody beats me.
You can also dream of a future with the new prospects. I must admit, I spent some of my afternoon day dreaming that Kenny Williams was hanging Dave Dombrowski off the edge of his balcony just like Suge Knight did to Vanilla Ice, coaxing Moncada into the deal. It seems like Kenny’s likely best use. WHAT’S NEXT? More trades, I expect at least half of the name players to go before spring training and moar to go in July of this year. My hit list of guys that MUST go in order. 1. Jose Quintana 2. Adam Eaton 3. Todd Frazier 4. David Robertson
I am hoping that the Sox wait until July to trade Melky Cabrera, because we need something fun to watch when this first bad season starts.
There will also be signings (mostly lol ones) and we are going to want to hope some of those guys play well and can be traded. Look for the White Sox to hope and pray that Nate Jones and Brett Lawrie play well, so they can trade them this year as well. ANYTHING ELSE? Yes, this team is going to be bad, starting in 2017, but hopefully we’ll start seeing some signs of hope early and a competitive team as soon as 2019. 2017 will probably be full of frustrating Avi Garcia at bats, and bullpen meltdowns……….who knows, depending on who gets traded, we might have some gnarly looking veterans sauntering around the field getting paid just above the league minimum to help our White Sox secure a high draft pick. Like Bart Scott, “CAN’T WAIT!” LASTLY…. The goal of this whole thing is to bring in the players that make up the core of the next White Sox team that goes to the playoffs. As of now, there are 4-5 prospective pieces in tow of that next core, Anderson, Rodon, Fulmer, Moncada and Kopech. Maybe there are more here, but Rick Hahn’s job isn’t done, more trades and last years, this years and next years drafts are going to go a long way to putting together the pieces of the next White Sox team that is a perennial contender, the teams of 2019-2023. Yesterday was the beginning of the rest of our lives as White Sox fans, so let’s enjoy it for a moment and get ready for a few lean years, because they are coming………..as they say, it will get worse before it gets better (actually, the only person I can think of saying this is Dalton in Road House).