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Santos speaks on White Sox "rebuilding"

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Santos speaks on White Sox "rebuilding"

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DKnoblerSergio Santos on White Sox winter: "I guess rebuilding was just moving me and Q Carlos Quentin out of the way."
Mar 01 via web Favorite Retweet Reply
This re-visits a point that I made a few times this offseason: The White Sox didn't rebuild. Rebuilding would've meant dealing away players without ready replacements -- for instance, trading away Alexei Ramirez for prospects and replacing him with Eduardo Escobar would've been a true rebuilding move.

Trading Sergio Santos and replacing him with Addison Reed, at some point at least, wasn't a rebuilding move. Trading Carlos Quentin to make way for Dayan Viciedo wasn't a rebuilding move. Even letting Mark Buehrle go wasn't a rebuilding move, because it allowed Chris Sale to enter the rotation.

All the Sox were trying to do in the offseason was re-stock a farm system that had grown pretty barren. And they were able to do that to some extent by trading away guys with replacements who were ready to take over. That doesn't sound like rebuilding to me.

Jose Abreu still leading AL first basemen to start 2018 MLB All-Star Game

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Jose Abreu still leading AL first basemen to start 2018 MLB All-Star Game

Last week, Jose Abreu had a nearly 26,000 vote lead to start the 2018 MLB All-Star game over Red Sox first basemen Mitch Moreland. But now Abreu can take a brief sigh of relief on his quest to Washington.

MLB updated the American League fan ballot standings Tuesday for the Midsummer Classic. The Sox first baseman now has a lead on Moreland by over 138,000 votes.

This an encouraging sign for Abreu and White Sox faithful. Are fans taking notice of Abreu’s production this season?

His numbers this year include a slash line of .283/.338/.500. He also has 11 homers, 41 RBIs and 26 doubles. For his career, Abreu has a .299 average, 135 homers and 451 RBIs in 683 games.

He ranks first among AL first basemen in hits, doubles, RBIs, SLG and OPS. In other major offensive statistics, Abreu ranks near the top 10 for almost all of them.

Abreu is a cornerstone in the White Sox rebuild and if he does indeed start, it could be huge for his confidence and the team.

An All-Star nod this season would also mean a second career appearance in the game. He debuted in his rookie year (2014) as a reserve.

If fans indeed vote Abreu in as a starter, he would be the first position player to start for the White Sox since Frank Thomas did it back-to-back as a first baseman in 1994 and 1995.

There is still time to cast your votes to see Abreu start the Midsummer Classic. The AL will have another updated voting ballot June 26.

White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Ask Us Anything Part 1

We asked you to ask us anything about the White Sox and you delivered in a big way. We got so many questions, we had to do two different podcasts! Among the questions here in Part 1: should the White Sox send Yoan Moncada to Triple-A? What players will be traded before the deadline? Who are some sleeper prospects in the minors? Will Jordan Stephens be called up before Michael Kopech? Should Juan Uribe be a team ambassador? What's our all-time White Sox team from 2000 to the present and many more.

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below: