GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Here are a few more questions I received in the Opening Day White Sox Inbox.Why do the White Sox need to trade Jose Quintana? He would still be on contract when the young ones peak.
-- Sean, Pendleton, Ore.Quintana becomes a bit of a quandary for the
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Here are a few more questions I received in the Opening Day White Sox Inbox.
Why do the White Sox need to trade Jose Quintana? He would still be on contract when the young ones peak.
-- Sean, Pendleton, Ore.
Quintana becomes a bit of a quandary for the White Sox in that he would greatly help any team, including the Sox. One of the reasons he remains as the team's Opening Day starter is that the lofty demand set for the southpaw has not been met. He's every bit that valuable as a player, person and teammate, but he also remains the player worth the greatest talent haul in return for a potential trade.
Does the Yoan Moncada situation shake out similar to the way Kristopher Bryant was called up? Later callup, more control?
-- Jim, Brookfield, Ill.
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The biggest issue for all of these highly touted White Sox prospects becomes Major League readiness. Control might be on the collective minds of the club, but as general manager Rick Hahn pointed out numerous times, none of these players will be rushed to validate a trade or because there might be a temporary need on the infield or in the starting rotation. When they arrive, the team wants them to be ready to stay.
Where is Tyler Saladino going to go when Moncada comes up? Too solid IMO to sit.
-- Gary, Chandler, Ariz.
I agree that Saladino has earned playing time. While he should start the year at second, one of the bonuses of his skill set is that Saladino can play all over. So by the time Moncada comes up, there may be openings elsewhere due to trade. Saladino will get his at-bats.
Where is Alec Hansen going to start and finish the year?
-- Jon, Columbus, Ohio
Hansen, who could emerge as one of the steals of the 2016 MLB Draft as a second-round pick, finished '16 with two starts at Class A Kannapolis so could be back there or at Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. The destination is up to Hansen's performance and really more important than where he begins. If all goes really well, he might rise up to a few starts for Triple-A Charlotte.
How much playing time do you expect Matt Davidson to get at the Major League level?
-- Ken, Crestwood, Ill.
Davidson has worked through a couple of rough Minor League seasons, rebuilt his swing, broke his foot in his one big league game in '16 and then tweaked his swing a little more. He has bounced back in Spring Training after a slow start, and he should break camp as one of the team's designated hitters. Manager Rick Renteria plans to rotate a number of players through that spot.
Do you think the spring results will make the White Sox deviate from the promised long-term rebuild strategy?
-- George, Highland Park, Ill.
Nothing that happened in spring changed their mind. Even if the team is successful early during the '17 regular season, general manager Rick Hahn would have to seriously decipher if it's fool's gold before altering his direction.
Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.