Spring Training is coming to a close, and Opening Day is drawing near. Within the last couple of days, we have seen the Opening Day roster start to take shape for the White Sox.
First, Carlos Rodon will be placed on the disabled list to begin the 2017 season. Rodon sought a second opinion on Tuesday which revealed no structural damage. His injury has been diagnosed as an inflamed bicep, but his UCL is intact which comes as a relief for Rodon and the rest of the White Sox organization. Quintana, Shields, Holland, and Gonzalez have already been named starters in the rotation, but the fifth rotation spot is now up for grabs until Rodon is healthy. Possible candidates for this spot include Dylan Covey and Anthony Swarzak.
The Sox also announced that they completed a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. Chicago parted ways with outfielder Peter Bourjos in exchange for cash considerations. The White Sox signed Bourjos to a minor league contract this offseason, and Bourjos appeared to be in contention for the center field opening with Charlie Tilson months away from returning to the field. This trade opens up the center field job for Jacob May, who is hitting well over .300 this spring. In a rebuild, giving the starting job to a prospect makes much more sense than giving it to a washed up veteran.
One trade that seemingly won’t be made before the start of the season is Jose Quintana to the Houston Astros. The Astros have been known to be in the hunt to acquire a starting pitcher to compete in the tough AL West. Obviously the Chicago White Sox are sticking to their extremely high asking price for their star players. Houston has been linked to Quintana throughout this offseason, but have not given in to Rick Hahn’s demands just yet. Only time will tell whether or not Houston’s rotation is strong enough without the addition of an ace such as Quintana.