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White Sox trade Santos to Toronto

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White Sox trade Santos to Toronto

The White Sox made the first big trade of this week's winter meetings, sending closer Sergio Santos to Toronto for minor league pitcher Nestor Molina. Molina, 22, spent last year between Single-A and Double-A in the Blue Jays organization.

This move appears to signal the start of a re-stocking project of the minor leagues. The Sox are roundly considered to have the thinnest farm system in baseball, and adding Molina begins the process of re-building the team's prospect base.

Molina posted some fine numbers last year in the minors for Toronto, posting an incredible strikeout-to-walk ratio.

Dealing Santos doesn't have much to do with money. His contract was very team-friendly, especially considering the exorbitant prices teams are playing for relief pitching this offseason. The move was about improving the minor leagues. It probably won't be the only one of that kind Williams makes this winter.

The White Sox have plenty of other options to close out games between Addison Reed, Jesse Crain and Matt Thornton (assuming he's not traded).

Do you like the move? Let us know in the comments or on twitter @WhiteSoxTalkCSN.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Class A manager Justin Jirschele, youngest manager in professional baseball

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.

After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

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After baseball punishes Braves, one ranker says White Sox have game's best farm system

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