With another blockbuster trade, White Sox GM Rick Hahn has become ... the prospect collector
Among all the trades and signings at the Winter Meetings this week -- with
That's right. Just as the dreaded Krampus is rumored to take children in a basket, leaving a silver branch in return, the White Sox GM has been stealing away top prospects and surrendering star players in their stead.
It started on Tuesday when the White Sox traded ace starter
It's no surprise that Moncada led the group, considering that he can do things like this to a baseball:
Hahn was back at it on Wednesday. With the defensive wizard
Giolito may be able to step right into the rotation, too. While he struggled in four Major League starts, he decimated Triple-A batters with a 2.17 ERA in 37 1/3 IP after being promoted from Double-A thanks to easy mid-90's heat:
With the White Sox now officially in rebuilding mode -- and with
Just look at this chart, which extrapolates this rate of Minor League additions through the rest of the month. There's definitely not enough roster spots for this many players:
Or, to put it another way, Hahn has done an awfully good (and fast) approximation of the crosstown Cubs:
Comparing 2014 top-100 ranked #Cubs prospects and current top-100 ranked #WhiteSox prospects. pic.twitter.com/0vQLMNMzMa— Aldo Soto (@AldoSoto21) December 7, 2016
Will the White Sox pull off any more grand Winter Meetings trades before the week is over? Will cautious GMs start locking their doors for fear that Hahn will enter and make an offer they simply can't refuse? These are all things we'll be watching for.