Jon Morosi of FOX Sports sees the coming week being incredibly busy, with many trades "in the works" and GMs looking to finish up making major transactions before Christmas. With that in mind, he listed the usual trio of White Sox players who have seen their names pop up in trade rumors this winter and predicts where they could go:
John Danks: Morosi still sees the Yankees as the favorite to land him, but also lists the Reds, Royals, Rangers, Rockies and Twins as teams in need of left-handed pitching. The Reds are probably out after picking up Mat Latos from San Diego, while Kenny Williams may not want to deal with divisional opponents in Kansas City and Minnesota. So that leaves the Yankees, Rangers and Rockies.
Gavin Floyd: Boston is the only team Morosi lists as a suitor for Floyd, although he's Plan B if the Red Sox can't get Gio Gonzalez or Matt Garza. Based on the general trend of rumors this offseason, Floyd's name hasn't come up as much as Danks, and there seems to be a prevailing thought that the Sox would rather hang on to Floyd than Danks.
Carlos Quentin: For whatever reason, Morosi doesn't think too highly of Quentin -- a guy who's produced good-to-great offensive seasons in three of his four years with the Sox. The Giants, Mariners, Indians or Red Sox are seen as a fit, although Cleveland isn't likely given their status as a divisional opponent and Boston has inquired about Quentin only to find there isn't a match with the Sox.
27-year-old Justin Jirschele made quite an impression in his first season as manager of the White Sox Class-A affiliate in Kannapolis. He helped lead the Intimidators to the South Atlantic League championship, and was named White Sox Minor League Coach of the Year. Jirschele came on the podcast to speak with Chuck Garfien about how he went from playing minor league baseball with the White Sox to coaching in their system. He talks about how growing up with a dad who was coaching minor league baseball helped mold him as a manager who is wise beyond his years. Jirschele also gives a report on some of the top White Sox prospects he managed last season such as Jake Burger, Alec Hansen, Dane Dunning and Miker Adolfo.
The White Sox farm system is baseball's best, according to one of the people making those rankings.
In the wake of Major League Baseball's punishment of the Atlanta Braves for breaking rules regarding the signing of international players — which included the removal of 12 illegally signed prospects from the Braves' organization — MLB.com's Jim Callis tweeted out his updated top 10, and the White Sox are back in first place.
Now obviously there are circumstances that weakened the Braves' system, allowing the White Sox to look stronger by comparison. But this is still an impressive thing considering that three of the White Sox highest-rated prospects from the past year are now full-time big leaguers.
Yoan Moncada used to be baseball's No. 1 prospect, and pitchers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez weren't too far behind. That trio helped bolster the highly ranked White Sox system. Without them, despite plenty of other highly touted prospects, common sense would say that the White Sox would slide down the rankings.
But the White Sox still being capable of having baseball's top-ranked system is a testament to the organizational depth Rick Hahn has built in such a short period of time.
While prospect rankings are sure to be refreshed throughout the offseason, here's how MLB Pipeline's rankings look right now in regards to the White Sox:
4. Eloy Jimenez
9. Michael Kopech
22. Luis Robert
39. Blake Rutherford
57. Dylan Cease
90. Alec Hansen