Another year left wondering, "Why watch my bottom-tier team without top prospects?"
The MLB season is nearing its logical conclusion, and most teams are starting to make moves to prepare to end the season, for the playoffs, or for the next season altogether. The White Sox are one of those teams continuing to focus on the future.
As this conclusion approaches, their top prospect Eloy Jimenez
The Chicago #WhiteSox will NOT call up prized prospect Eloy Jimenez in September, but are hardly alone among clubs executing the same strategy.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 31, 2018
They won't be the first team to employ the strategy and they won't be the last either. What is this "strategy" the White Sox are using?
By not calling Jimenez up this season, they're manipulating his service time so that his free agency is pushed back. It's a popular strategy used on top prospects that help clubs save some money. Can prospects do anything to fight back? Not much, if anything.
Eloy Jimenez situation is bullshit but maybe it’ll eventually help change this awful process of messing with kids’ — yes they’re kids — lives and careers. I’ll laugh when Eloy demands a trade in 2 years. Hey, White Sox, how will trying to control him for 6 years pan out then?— Seth Klein (@SethDaSportsMan) August 31, 2018
In the long term, it could of course alienate Jimenez from the team, and what use is saving some money when a superstar demands a trade? You're playing with fire here, White Sox.