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Predicting the 2018 White Sox rotation

Predicting the 2018 White Sox rotation

The future is now for the White Sox pitching staff. 

Just one day after Carlos Rodon put forth another strong outing and Carson Fulmer made his first MLB start, the Sox No. 6 prospect, Lucas Giolito, took the hill for the first time on the South Side. That's without even mentioning 23-year-old Reynaldo Lopez, who's currently on the disabled list, getting the call to the majors a few weeks ago. 

With an influx of young arms, what will the rotation look like one year from today? White Sox insider Dan Hayes joined CSN's "In the Loop" to give his predictions: 

Ace: Carlos Rodon

Hayes' take: He's made the mental gains he's needed to and is beginning to trust his dominant stuff. 

No. 2: Reynaldo Lopez

Hayes' take: He has electric stuff and will be in the MLB all year. 

No. 3: Lucas Giolito

Hayes' take: He's simplified things in the minors and has started to find his way after a rough start at Triple-A Charlotte. 

No. 4: James Shields

No. 5: Free agent to be named later

Hayes' take: It's a placeholder. The Sox may do something similar to this year and sign someone like Chris Tillman to try and trade later. 

What about flamethrower Michael Kopech, you ask? 

"It would not surprise me at all if Kopech was up next year, towards the end of the season, if he can do what he did this year at Double-A," Hayes said. 

The White Sox just traded for a really intriguing arm

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The White Sox just traded for a really intriguing arm

The White Sox continued their rebuild Thursday by trading for an intriguing young right-handed pitcher.

The South Siders acquired Thyago Vieira from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for international signing bonus pool money.

The 24-year-old Vieira is a Brazilian native and has only made one appearance in the big leagues, striking out a batter in one perfect inning of work in 2017.

While his career minor-league numbers don't jump off the page β€” 14-19 with a 4.58 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 13 saves and 7.4 K/9 in 290.2 innings \β€” Vieira has been reportedly clocked at 104 mph with his fastball and was ranked as the Mariners' No. 8 prospect at the time of the deal. He also held righties to .194 batting average in 2017.

Here's video of Vieira throwing gas:

And this may explain why Vieira was even available:

Control has been an issue throughout his career, as he's walked 4.6 batters per nine innings in the minors. He has improved in that regard over the last few seasons, however, walking only 22 batters in 54 innings across three levels in 2017 and he doled out only one free pass in 5.1 innings in the Arizona Fall League in 2016.

What does this deal mean in the big picture for baseball? How did the Sox pull off a move like this while not having to give up a player in return? 

This may help shed light on the situation from Baseball America's Kyle Glaser:

Either way, the White Sox may have just acquired a guy who could potentially throw his name in the hat for "future closer." Or at the very least, throw his name in the hat for "best name."

Is Avi Time coming to an end on the South Side?

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Is Avi Time coming to an end on the South Side?

After posting career numbers in 2017, Avisail Garcia is already attracting trade suitors this offseason.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle's John Shea, the Oakland A's have interest in acquiring the outfielder, who would fill the team's need for a right-handed bat. 

The buzz should come as no surprise given Garcia produced a slash line of .330/.380/.506 in his breakout campaign, where he was also named the lone representative for the rebuilding Sox at the All-Star Game. 

Now the question centers on whether GM Rick Hahn, whose phone constantly stays buzzing, sees the 26-year-old as a piece for the future or trade bait. Heading into winter meetings, Hahn reiterated that he would listen to deals involving Garcia and Jose Abreu, especially considering the South Siders are likely still a few years away from seriously competing in the American League. 

With Garcia under club control until 2019 and his value at its peak, now may be the ideal time for Hahn to sell high and stockpile even more prospects for the already talent-rich farm system. The A's currently have four players in MLB Pipeline's Top 100

It may be Avi Time in Oakland.