In advance of the Crosstown series between the Cubs and White Sox, insiders Patrick Mooney and Dan Hayes are debating four topics regarding the two teams. This is the fourth of a four-part series.
There's plenty of young baseball talent in Chicago. But if you had to pick one to begin a franchise, who would you go with?
There's 28-year-old Jose Abreu, who this season is batting .296 with 14 homers and 45 RBIs in 79 games. This after a Rookie of the Year campaign in 2014 saw him hit 36 homers and drive in 107 runs.
Chris Sale is one of the favorites in the American League to start the All-Star Game, going 7-4 with a 2.80 ERA and an MLB-best 0.944 WHIP in 16 starts. The six-year veteran has made four straight All-Star appearances and, 26 years old, is on a bargain contract.
On the North Side, few would argue against rookie Kris Bryant. At just 23, he's already been named to the National League All-Star roster, hitting .275 with 12 home runs and 50 RBIs.
Anthony Rizzo would be another solid choice. At 25, he's making his second All-Star appearance next week after going for 16 home runs, 48 RBIs and an MLB-best 24 doubles in the season's first half.
Hear what Mooney and Hayes had to say on the debate in the video above.