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White Sox plan to keep building momentum with 2017 MLB Draft: 'We're going to take our shots'

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White Sox plan to keep building momentum with 2017 MLB Draft: 'We're going to take our shots'

The Yoan Moncadas, Michael Kopechs and Luis Roberts aren’t likely to be there when the White Sox pick 11th on Monday night. But the rebuilding White Sox should be able to find the kind of talent to continue strengthening their farm system.

The 2017 MLB Draft begins at 6 p.m. CST on Monday night. The likelihood that the grouping of players awaiting the White Sox when they pick at the No. 11 spot includes impact talent isn’t very high. But amateur scouting director Nick Hostetler believes the White Sox can continue to flush out baseball’s most improved farm system.

“(The rebuild) started along a little bit more quickly than what we expected, but at the same time, this year’s draft, we’re going to continue to add to that,” Hostetler said recently. “We want to keep that going. That was the problem before, we just didn’t have enough assets in our system for that to hold true throughout. We’ve got to continue each year to keep pushing forward.”

The White Sox have added a ton of impact talent over the last year. The signing of Robert last month was another critical piece, giving them the No. 25 overall prospect in baseball, according to MLBPipeline.com. The White Sox added some potential impact pieces in last year's draft in Zack Collins, Zack Burdi and Alec Hansen. But this year's class doesn't seem as likely to yield the same type of talent at the spot at which the White Sox pick. 

"This is an interesting draft," Hostetler said. "In the past there has been a pretty decent gap between the first 10 or 15 (selections) to the next group. This year there difference isn’t that much. From 11 to 49, there’s a bunch of players who will be very similar."

The possibility of adding more impact talent through that draft seems far more likely in 2018 if the White Sox continue to play like they have of late. After Sunday's loss at Cleveland, the White Sox have the fourth-lowest win percentage in the majors.

As for who the White Sox will take? Both MLB.com analysts and ESPN.com top project the pick will be North Carolina right-handed pitcher J.B. Bukauskas. BaseballAmerica.com thinks the White Sox would take Virginia first baseman Pavin Smith. Prep outfielders Jordan Adell and Austin Beck, as well as Kentucky first baseman Evan White and Missouri State third baseman Jake Burger, have also been listed as under consideration.

"We’re looking for the best guy, regardless of position, but also somebody who fits in to what we’re trying to do," Hostetler said. "We do want to limit a guy with a swing and miss, we want to make sure that we have hitters who put the ball in play and pitchers who pound the zone. I sound like a broken record with it, but it is true, it’s something we believe in. We want to make sure that that’s where we stick with. We’re going to take our shots. There’s going to be certain times where you want to step outside the box, and you’ve got to take a shot because if not, you’re going to end up with the same type of player throughout your system, and you don’t want that."

White Sox Talk Podcast: Could the White Sox trade with the Red Sox?

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Could the White Sox trade with the Red Sox?

The crew wraps up the final day of the Winter Meetings for the White Sox.

On the latest White Sox Talk Podcast, Chuck Garfien, Vinnie Duber and Ryan McGuffey talk about a rumored deal between the White Sox and the Red Sox (2:41) that would move some pieces around.

Rick Hahn speaks for the final time in San Diego and the guys react to his comments.

Later, they debate why fans are disappointed with the White Sox and the outcome for the team at the end of the Winter Meetings.

Listen to the episode here or in the embedded player below.

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White Sox reportedly 'in play' for David Price, but how much sense would a trade make?

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White Sox reportedly 'in play' for David Price, but how much sense would a trade make?

SAN DIEGO — David Price on the South Side? Maybe.

According to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Boston Red Sox have had trade conversations involving Price with at least five teams, and the White Sox are “in play” for the veteran left-hander.

Boston is trying to shed salary, and getting rid of the $96 million remaining on Price’s deal over the next three years would be a good way to accomplish that goal.

The White Sox, given their financial flexibility, are a team that could absorb that kind of money in a trade. While much discussion of Rick Hahn’s statement in February that “the money will be spent” has focused on high-priced free agents, the general manager said Wednesday that such fiscal positioning could be beneficial on the trade market, too.

“Absolutely,” he said during his final media session of the Winter Meetings. “You’ve seen over the years us use our financial flexibility to acquire some contracts. I think back to the (Joakim) Soria trade with the Dodgers. The thing we brought to the table there was the ability to absorb some contracts. That flexibility doesn’t always have to be spent on free agents.”

But here’s the thing. ESPN’s Jeff Passan got this whole Price conversation going when he reported the interest of multiple teams on Tuesday, and he suggested the Red Sox might be able to ship Price out of town if they included a “player of value.” A young player with affordable club control would sweeten any such deal, and speculation latched onto outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who is under team control for three more years.

That’s the kind of deal — before we hear what it could cost, obviously — that would look like a good one for the White Sox.

Well, another nugget in Feinsand’s report throws that idea out the window.

“One scenario that has been floated in recent weeks would have the Red Sox attaching a young player — Andrew Benintendi's name has been mentioned often — to Price in order to dump the pitcher's contract.

“A source said that concept has not been considered by Boston's front office — nor will it be, especially not with Benintendi.

“‘That's not going to happen,’ the source said.”

If that’s the case, if the Red Sox are talking about a Price trade that doesn’t involve a young, controllable player coming back, is there any reason for the White Sox to consider such a move? Is there any reason to trade for Price alone?

The White Sox do need pitching, quite badly, as a matter of fact. Their quest for two arms to add to the starting rotation has yielded no additions yet, with their high bid for Zack Wheeler spurned in favor of a lower offer from the Philadelphia Phillies. Price would be an upgrade to the White Sox rotation, and they could potentially get him without having to give up any of their prized prospects (a trade involving someone like Benintendi might cost a high-level prospect, in addition to salary relief).

After turning in some memorable performances during the Red Sox championship run in 2018, Price got off to a great start in 2019, with a 3.16 ERA in his first 17 starts. But due to a cyst in his wrist, he made only two starts over the season’s final two months. He finished with a 4.28 ERA, second highest of his career.

Considering the White Sox are heading into 2020 with just three rotation spots spoken for, they could do a lot worse than Price from a production standpoint. But the veteran lefty doesn’t exactly have a sterling reputation as a clubhouse presence. NBC Sports Boston’s John Tomase listed several red flags in a recent piece: “He's no longer a 200-inning pitcher. His elbow could blow. He considers himself a great teammate, but he consistently brings negativity into the clubhouse, which multiple rival executives have noted warily. He's too expensive. He hasn't made an All-Star team or earned a Cy Young vote since 2015. He's past his prime.”

Do the White Sox need those headaches? Aren’t there options out there, via trade or free agency, that would bring in similar levels of production without all that other stuff? It doesn’t seem like a young team that is developing what appears to be a very positive culture needs someone who “consistently brings negativity into the clubhouse.”

Now, if someone like Benintendi — or, for example, the large contract of designated hitter J.D. Martinez — comes along with him, maybe it’s a pill you’re willing to swallow. Of course, that would require other unpleasant possibilities, such as letting a recent first-round draft pick like Nick Madrigal or Andrew Vaughn go. Hahn talked about the team’s unwillingness to deal away its prized prospects for a short-term gain. The White Sox lost a combined 195 games to end up with the draft picks that produced Madrigal and Vaughn. That was an awful lot of suffering just to trade those guys away.

A potential Price trade has its upsides, but ones contingent on other aspects of such a deal. If those aspects go by the wayside, acquiring Price doesn’t make quite as much sense.

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