In advance of the Crosstown series between the Cubs and White Sox, insiders Patrick Mooney and Dan Hayes are debating four topics regarding the two teams. This is the first of a four-part series.
Today the pair discuss whether or not the White Sox should consider trading Jeff Samardzija. The starter holds a 6-4 record with a 4.02 ERA after turning in his best performance of the year with a four-hit shutout Thursday against the Blue Jays.
But with the White Sox still six games out of the second Wild Card spot - and needing to jump seven teams to earn a playoff bid - there's thought general manager Rick Hahn could move Samardzija, who is in the final year of his contract.
Hear what Mooney and Hayes had to say on the issue in the video above.
As the White Sox have added young Cuban stars in the making in Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert, Jose Abreu's long-term role on the team has shifted.
The 31-year-old first baseman has been looked at as something of a mentor for the two young Cubans. He seems to be delivering on that so far.
Abreu picked up Moncada from the airport when he first was called up to the White Sox last July. Now he's helping Robert in the batting cage.
The Cuban trio is expected to play a big part of the White Sox future in the coming years.
Robert has already stated his goal of making it to the majors this year to join Abreu and Moncada, but that may be an overly ambitious goal. Either way, plenty of eyes will be on him throughout 2018 as he marches towards the White Sox roster and his Cuban teammates.
On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Tim Anderson opens up about his struggles in 2017 and why he wants White Sox fans "to know the real me."
Anderson dives into his personal tragedy from last season when his best friend was murdered in Alabama.
He talks with Chuck Garfien about the dark days that happened, how counseling helped him, his new leadership role in 2018, if he'll draw more walks this season, "bringing swag to the South Side" with Yoan Moncada and much more.
Listen to the full White Sox Talk Podcast right here: