With the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series in 2017 and them being a prominent team in contention for most of the decade, baseball has been fairly strong in Chicago. However, the decade hasn’t fared well for the team on the South Side, as the White Sox haven’t had a winning season since 2013, and their highest finish in the AL Central being 2nd in 2010. It has been difficult for White Sox fans to endure a pretty lengthy rebuild, especially after prospects like Fernando Tatis Jr. were traded away.
However, better days seem to be approaching quickly as the White Sox front office has orchestrated a pretty massive roster overhaul that hopes to accelerate the competitive window by a few years. They have extended young cornerstones in Jose Abreu and James McCann, while adding a solid number of free agents including Yasmani Grandal, Gio Gonzalez, Dallas Keuchel, and Edwin Encarnancion. Outfielder Nomar Mazara was also acquired via trade with the Texas Rangers.
The moves make a lot of sense given the state of the roster before the offseason. The emergence of Tim Anderson and Lucas Giolito got them trending in the right direction. With Spring Training still over a month away, the White Sox are in much better shape and seem to have prioritized finding a balance between fostering young talent, and bringing in experienced veterans to help mold them into solid and productive major league players.