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Inbox: When will Kopech, Jimenez arrive?

Beat reporter Scott Merkin answers fans' questions
MLB.com @scottmerkin

You see any chance Michael Kopech or Eloy Jimenez make it to the big club before September callups in 2018?
-- Tom, Homewood, Ill., @tomaustin011

Assuming Kopech pitches as he did in 2017 (2.88 ERA), I would be surprised if he doesn't see the Majors before September. Think Reynaldo Lopez's '17 path as an example. Jimenez is a little further away, but to paraphrase the White Sox, elite talent has a way of forcing the issue. So, yes, I could see Jimenez in Chicago later in 2018 but before September.

You see any chance Michael Kopech or Eloy Jimenez make it to the big club before September callups in 2018?
-- Tom, Homewood, Ill., @tomaustin011

Assuming Kopech pitches as he did in 2017 (2.88 ERA), I would be surprised if he doesn't see the Majors before September. Think Reynaldo Lopez's '17 path as an example. Jimenez is a little further away, but to paraphrase the White Sox, elite talent has a way of forcing the issue. So, yes, I could see Jimenez in Chicago later in 2018 but before September.

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Do you think the White Sox will pursue a big-time free agent like Manny Machado during next year's free agency period?
-- Henry, Lockport, Ill., @henryfcichowski

White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has said money will be there for the team to spend when the time is right. That time probably begins next offseason when the White Sox have a little better idea of specific needs as their young talent develops.

Hahn certainly has not specified what sort of player they will pursue. As the Royals, Cubs and Astros have shown, it's not always the big names but the right fits that bring a team across that final threshold from rebuild to championship. The White Sox will certainly finish this rebuild and understand it will probably take more than their plethora of prospects to do so.

Video: Merkin on White Sox rebuilding in 2018

Does Avisail Garcia get traded? If so, where and for what?
-- Mark, Des Plaines, Ill., @MarkRubes

Neither Garcia nor Jose Abreu are likely to go anywhere, although that concept can change quickly. The White Sox have done an exceptional job of maximizing return for high-end players moved, players like Chris Sale and Jose Quintana, whom they had to get a haul in return to advance the rebuild.

Garcia and Abreu each have two years of control remaining, and once again the value of return has to match the high value the White Sox place upon them. There's also no rush to get a deal done in the next few months before Spring Training begins.

Video: White Sox plan for Abreu and Avisail during rebuild

Do you think the Sox will look to add a veteran catcher this winter?
-- Steve, @chisox2727

The team was happy with the work from Kevan Smith and Omar Narvaez in 2017. The White Sox have Zack Collins, their top catching prospect, moving closer, and Seby Zavala coming off of a strong Arizona Fall League showing. But look for a veteran catcher to be added to the mix, possibly as a non-roster invite to Spring Training.

Video: KC@CWS: Smith launches a solo homer to left field

Any chance Adam Engel is the starting CF next year? Love his defense, speed and heart. If he could only hit .240, that'd be appreciated. Thanks.
-- Mike, Chicago's Southwest Side, @mikewalsh4609

Engel appears to be the clubhouse leader in center. His defense certainly was outstanding, but Engel -- as much as anybody else -- understands his offense has to move up a couple of notches to work every day or even as a fourth outfielder.

Video: LAA@CWS: Engel makes a nice running grab in the 6th

Will the White Sox spend big dollars on veterans for their bullpen or work on developing young arms instead?
-- Charles, 'Ewa Beach, Hawaii, @alabamachuck

They will add a veteran arm or two after the bullpen was seriously altered by trade and injury last season. It doesn't necessarily have to be a veteran to flip. It could be someone the White Sox bring in short term but then extend. There are also young arms in the system -- some working as starters, who could fit in relief.

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.

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