(Joe Camporeale - USA Today Sports)
2016 Record: 78-84, 4th in AL Central
Key Additions: RHP Michael Kopech, INF Yoan Moncada, RHP Lucas Giolitto, LHP Derek Holland
Key Subtractions: LHP Chris Sale, OF Adam Eaton, C Alex Avila, INF Brett Lawrie, 1B/DH Justin Morneau
X-Factor: The Youth Movement
If you're rolling into this season and you're feeling pretty confident that the Chicago White Sox will be a World Series contender in 2017, you might want to wake up and watch a recap video of this offseason for the ChiSox. Because they are the epitome of a rebuilder right now. This offseason, the ChiSox unloaded, dealing stud lefty Chris Sale, as well as well respected, gritty outfielder Adam Eaton. In return for these two, the Sox got Yoan Mocada and Michael Kopech from Boston, as well as Lucas Giolitto from the Nationals.
So it's apparent that they have their eyes set on the future. Good for them, and good for Kenny Williams. They finally realized that a premier, ace pitcher, wasn't going to get them any closer to the playoffs. So they sought to the trade market to rebuild their team. And I like their approach. As long as they follow through on this plan.
What I mean by that is they shouldn't really be trying all that hard to win now, and go add veteran talent to compliment the young'ns. Let them develop, and see what they become. Because the ceilings for some of these guys are through the roof, especially the prospects they got from the Boston Red Sox (Moncada and Kopech). If those guys blossom into stars, the White Sox have a perennial 20-game winner on their hands, as well as a 30/30 player.
Record Prediction: 66-96
The White Sox are a really young team. Sure, they have some nice vets like Quintana, Robertson, Frazier, and Abreu. But they just don't have the major league ready talent to compete at a high level yet. I could be wrong, but I don't think the White Sox can get by on Quintana, Shields, and Giolitto as their 1-3 in the rotation.