The Chicago White Sox started a rebuild in 2016. The Chicago Cubs were the defending World Series champions and in danger of taking over Chicago baseball even more than they already have just based on branding. So far, the rebuild has been so successful.
It started by trading Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, and two others. The following day, they traded Adam Eaton to the Washington Nationals in exchange for Lucas Giolito, Dane Dunning, and Reynaldo Lopez.
The following summer, Jose Quintana was traded to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Eloy Jimenez, Dylan Cease, and two others. Those three trades are big reasons why the White Sox were able to turn around their organization.
Signing Luis Robert as an international free agent prospect really helped things along as well. They already had Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu in place as well so the future was really looking bright. A few free-agent signings like Yasmani Grandal and Dallas Keuchel signified that they were ready to win.
The Chicago White Sox are heading into the best stretch in franchise history.
2020 came around and COVID-19 made things difficult They ended up only playing a 60 game schedule but the White Sox were elite. They finished 35-25 which got them in the postseason for the first time in 12 years. They were defeated in the postseason by the Oakland A’s but the season was a complete success.
In 2021, making it as a Wild Card was not something that the team had in mind. They wanted to win the AL Central for the first time since 2008 and they did with a 93-69 record. That marked the first time in franchise history that the team made the postseason in consecutive years. It sounds wild but it is the truth.
You can go back and look at some of the great eras of White Sox baseball and probably won’t find as much success as they are about to have. They won the World Series in 2005 but a 90 win effort in 2006 wasn’t even good enough for second place as the AL Central was stacked that year.
Winning a World Series is obviously the most important. With that said, sustained success is also nice and they are going to have that for a long time. There might be a year or two like 2006 where they have an awesome season and nothing comes of it but they will certainly be respectable.
If the MLB expands the playoffs, that would become even more true. Regardless, it is the best time to be a Chicago White Sox fan over an extended period of time in the history of baseball. A lot of good times are ahead.