The Sergio Santos trade wasn't the start of a grand rebuilding project. It was the start of something that wasn't rebuilding, even though Kenny Williams used that word in talking to reporters after the deal.
In trading Santos, the White Sox bolstered a barren farm system while opening the door for Addison Reed (or Matt Thornton, or Jesse Crain) to take the reigns as the team's ninth-inning guy. They dealt from a position of depth, a position at which they could afford to deal an established player.
If the Sox deal Carlos Quentin, it'll be the same thing. Dealing Quentin opens the door for Alejandro De Aza to play every day while -- hopefully -- adding some much-needed depth to the minors.
But had the Sox traded John Danks? There'd be no mistaking it. The White Sox would be rebuilding.
The same goes for Gavin Floyd. If the Sox wind up trading Floyd on the coattails of this Danks extension, they'll replace him with one of two unproven commodities in Zach Stewart or Dylan Axelrod. Neither of those players are close to the caliber of Reed or De Aza. After the team's current starting five, there's little depth coming through.
So dealing a starter would be a pretty good sign the Sox are serious about rebuilding. They haven't dealt a starter yet, and with Danks inked to a long-term extension, they only have one starter who's likely to draw interest from other teams. Floyd also happens to be a reported organizational favorite (which is good -- he's pitched better than his numbers indicate in the last three years).
This doesn't look like a rebuilding project. Not yet. And there's a good chance it'll stay that way.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.