The Chicago White Sox offseason has been largely focused on their rebuild. The team moved Chris Sale and Adam Eaton and have been engaged in trade discussions involving their other veteran trade assets.
However the team understands that they must field a team in 2017. The prospects they acquire will take a year or two to develop. The upcoming season will allow for them to get more seasoning in the minors.
But the White Sox are still looking to get value out of their 2017 major league team. While Chicago is unlikely to make the playoffs, if any of their players perform, they too can become trade pieces at the Trade Deadline. Thus, the team can add more prospects and continue to build their super team of the future.
That idea came to fruition when the team signed Derek Holland. Holland is unlikely to make any headlines, however he is a pitcher who has succeeded in the past. If he is able to find that past success, then he becomes another trade piece for the White Sox.
As the team looks to bring in more outside talent, they need to continue to look for players with bounce-back potential. Signing them on short term deals allows for the White Sox to better facilitate their rebuild.
This idea was one of the main topics of the most recent White Sox Talk podcast presented by CSN Chicago. Chuck Garfien, Ryan MgcGuffy and Christopher Kamka discussed several free agents who could interest the White Sox.
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Some of their free agent predictions were good:
Some of their free agent predictions were bad:
However all three analysts agreed on one free agent target for the White Sox. In fact they went as far as to call him “perfect”.