When the White Sox acquired Edwin Jackson from Arizona in 2010, it was widely assumed they were going to flip the erratic starter to Washington for Adam Dunn, who would've shored up the team's lineup in the face of poor production from Mark Kotsay as the team's designated hitter.
That narrative may or may not have been accurate, along with the rumors the Nationals all of a sudden asked for Dayan Viciedo and Tyler Flowers along with Jackson in a deal for Dunn. Of course, the Sox balked at that price, and Jackson remained with the White Sox -- where he was very successful, for the record.
In the offseason of 2011, the White Sox ended up getting Dunn anyway. And now, a year later, the Nationals have ended up with Jackson. And the White Sox still have Viciedo and Flowers, both of whom will be on the major-league roster in 2012.
For the Nationals, landing Jackson is a fantastic acquisition. Since joining the White Sox, Jackson has appeared to harness his potential, racking up 6.5 WAR in 217 23 innings between Chicago and St. Louis. Jackson will fit in nicely with Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann in a Washington rotation that's looking very competitive.
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: