This week's winter meetings in Dallas produced two key stories for the White Sox. One was expected, the other was not.
In a pre-meetings poll, 54 percent of readers thought Carlos Quentin was the most likely White Sox player to be dealt during the week. Only four percent of responders voted for "someone else." That "someone else" wound up being Sergio Santos, who was traded to Toronto on Tuesday for minor league pitcher Nestor Molina. The move signaled the beginning of a rebuilding process, although that process wasn't furthered during the week with trades of Quentin, John Danks or Gavin Floyd.
On Wednesday, the expected happened, with Mark Buehrle signing a four-year, 58 million deal with the Miami Marlins. CSNChicago's Chuck Garfien, who had reported all week Miami was the frontrunner to sign Buehrle, said farewell to the longtime Sox pitcher, while Bill Melton weighed in with his thoughts.
There were two other newsworthy bits of White Sox news from the week. First, Minnie Minoso was not inducted into the Hall of Fame, a decision that "stunned" Jerry Reinsdorf. And second, the Minnesota Twins selected White Sox minor league pitcher Terry Doyle in Thursday's Rule 5 Draft.
For full daily recaps of all the rumors and analysis from the winter meetings, check out White Sox Talk's Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday rundowns.
So, what's next for the White Sox? Do they stand pat? Or will Quentin, Danks, Floyd or someone else ultimately be traded?