The Chicago White are rebuilding and that continued this week when they traded away their ace left-hander Jose Quintana to the Chicago Cubs. It was the first time a player said his goodbyes due to trade deadline deals, but it likely will not be the last for White Sox players currently on the roster.
It is expected that players such as David Robertson the team’s closer and Todd Frazier its starting third baseman could also be traded before the trade deadline of July 31. That will surely make things more difficult for current manager Rick Renteria and his team.
While the White Sox future looks very bright, its short term present looks bleak and could become awful before the end of the season rolls around.
Before the White Sox played Friday night against the Seattle Mariners in a game they lost 4-2, Renteria said that he could only tell everyone in the clubhouse again that the organization has one thing in mind; you prepare, you play and you try to win every game.
However, Quintana was well-liked by his teammates and an abrupt end of his career with the White Sox hit a few players very hard. Jose Abreu said the trade was difficult to digest and Tyler Saladino an infielder compared the loss of having Quintana in the clubhouse to like losing a family member.
White Sox pitchers paid tribute to the southpaw hurler with a funny video on Instagram. The pitchers said they wanted to do something for their friend and former teammate and wanted to make sure it was humorous.
The loss of Quintana has left a big hole in the White Sox rotation. The team’s ace has made 32 starts or more and pitched 200 or more innings the past four seasons. He started this season slow, but over his past five outings is 2-0 with an ERA of 2.43.
The White Sox have lost five of their last six and sit in the cellar of the AL Central at 38-50.
While Chicago will miss their top pitcher, the trade with the cross-town rival Cubs gained them two more top prospects in Dylan Cease a hard throwing right-handed pitcher and slugging outfielder Eloy Jimenez, as well as two other minor leaguers in Bryant Flete and Matt Rose.
The two new top prospects help cement the minor league system for the White Sox as one of baseball’s best. It also has the No. 1 prospect in baseball in Yoan Moncada acquired last year in a trade with the Boston Red Sox for ace Chris Sale.