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3 Biggest Trade Deadline Questions for White Sox

CLEVELAND, OHIO - MAY 07: Manager Rick Renteria #36 of the Chicago White Sox argues with third base umpire Marty Foster after Foster ejected Renteria during the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on May 07, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Rick Renteria and the Chicago White Sox are finally starting to parlay their avalanche of prospects into wins, hovering near .500 with Dylan Cease still in the minors and Michael Kopech still injured. While the future looks bright on the South Side, the White Sox will have to make some big decisions to make this summer regarding both their young studs and some veterans lying around that could help a contender.

3. Which Bullpen Guys Are Staying, and Who's Going?

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 19:  Alex Colome #48 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Detroit Tigers during the ninth inning at Comerica Park on April 19, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. The White Sox defeated the Tigers 7-3. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)
Chicago White Sox v Detroit Tigers | Duane Burleson

The White Sox bullpen is hardly unstoppable, but there are some nice pieces in there, including left-hander Aaron Bummer, flamethrower Kelvin Herrera, and closer Alex Colome, who is sporting a 1.83 ERA and 9 saves. Chicago will need to hold on to some of these studs, but shouldn't let themselves be too stingy.

2. What Do You Do With Reynaldo Lopez?

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 19: Reynaldo Lopez #40 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 19, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
Toronto Blue Jays v Chicago White Sox | David Banks

While Lucas Gioloto has learned from his awful 2018 season and improved in 2019, Reynaldo Lopez has flatlined. After going 7-10 with a 3.91 ERA last year, Lopez is now sporting a 5.14 mark. At age 25 and with Kopech and Cease knocking at the door, do the White Sox just cut bait and ship him elsewhere when July comes around? It ought to be considered.

1. Is This The Year Jose Abreu Gets Traded?

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - MAY 01: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox
bats against the Baltimore Orioles in game 2 of a doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field on May 01, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox - Game Two | Jonathan Daniel

For the last few years, the White Sox' lineup was all about Jose Abreu and not much else. Since then, Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada have emerged as studs, while the high-upside Eloy Jimenez has made his MLB debut. The 32-year-old's power and consistency will be a major bonus for a contender looking for some pop in the middle of the order as the White Sox transition to building around their younger core.