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?
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?
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?
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.