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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.

Andrew Vaughn wants to wear No. 99 as homage to Ricky 'Wild Thing' Vaughn

Andrew Vaughn wants to wear No. 99 as homage to Ricky 'Wild Thing' Vaughn

We're not saying Andrew Vaughn is ready for the Major Leagues, but...

Vaughn is, of course, referring to Charlie Sheen's Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn from the 1989 film 'Major League.' Sheen's character in the movie is a hot-headed, hard-throwing pitcher for the Cleveland Indians with a checkered past. Real-life Andrew Vaughn is a White Sox first base prospect, selected by the team in the first round of the 2019 draft.

So hopefully, outside of their shared last names, there don't end up being too many parallels between the two.

As for Vaughn's wish, the only White Sox player to ever don the No. 99 was Manny Ramirez back in 2010. Big shoes to fill.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Emotional interview with Michael Kopech and Vanessa Morgan

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Emotional interview with Michael Kopech and Vanessa Morgan

Chuck Garfien and Ryan McGuffey speak with Michael Kopech and his wife Vanessa Morgan at SoxFest about their relationship, Michael’s comeback from Tommy John surgery, his battles with mental health, removing himself from social media, handling fame, Morgan’s acting career and more.

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White Sox Talk Podcast

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