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So, are the White Sox rebuilding?

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So, are the White Sox rebuilding?

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.

Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

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Revenge tour: After Eloy Jimenez homered against Cubs, Yoan Moncada homered against Red Sox

Call it the White Sox Hitters Revenge Tour.

Last week, Eloy Jimenez provided the single best image of rebuilding progress to date for the White Sox, smashing a game-winning homer in the ninth inning against the Cubs, the team that traded him, at Wrigley Field, the park he always assumed would be the one he'd call home as a big leaguer.

Well, a week later, Yoan Moncada exacted similar revenge on the team that traded him.

In the first of a three-game series between the White Sox and Boston Red Sox, Moncada took a second-inning pitch out to left field, depositing a ball over the top of the Green Monster for a tie-breaking two-run homer at Fenway Park.

The Red Sox traded Moncada — as part of a package that also included Michael Kopech and Luis Basabe — to the White Sox during the Winter Meetings in 2016 in the deal that jump-started the South Side rebuilding project.

Between signing with the Red Sox in 2015 and making his White Sox debut in 2017, Moncada spent time as the No. 1 overall prospect in the game. After a disappointing first full season in the majors last year, Moncada is having a much better go of things in 2019, bringing a .295/.347/.509 slash line into Monday night, when he belted his 13th home run of the season.

Of course, the Red Sox are pretty happy with their return in that trade, Chris Sale, who in addition to being one of the best pitchers in baseball over the past two and a half seasons got the championship-clinching out in the World Series last October.

But part of the reason the White Sox future is so bright is the return they got in the Sale trade. And one of those players got his revenge, Eloy style, on Monday night.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Chris Getz on Luis Robert, Dylan Cease, Nick Madrigal and more!

Chuck Garfien gets the inside info about some of the top prospects in the White Sox organization from director of player development Chris Getz.

They talk about the wow factor of Luis Robert, what he's working on before being promoted to Triple-A, if he can make the majors in 2019, what kind of major league player he will be and more (3:45)

-Why Nick Madrigal has the "it" factor and why he might have been disappointed with Getz at the start of the season (10:10)

-Why Zack Burdi has struggled this season and a great sign of things to come (16:30)

-Why Kyle Kubat is so highly thought of in the White Sox farm system (18:20)

-How close Dylan Cease is to the major leagues (20:15) and more.

Listen to the entire podcast here or in the embedded player below.

White Sox Talk Podcast

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