​It didn't matter what he did this spring, Chicago White Sox top outfield prospect ​Eloy Jimenez was not going to start the 2019 season with the big league club. 


With the way the rules are set up, if they wait two weeks to bring him up, the White Sox gain another year of club control.


On Wednesday, the White Sox made it official that he would be optioned to Triple-A to start the season, and Houston Astros pitcher ​Collin McHugh sent out a very critical tweet that blasted Chicago for making this decision.

The White Sox aren't going to publicly admit they are exploiting the service-time rules by sending Jimenez down, even though he looks major league ready despite a rough spring where he slashed .154/.154/.346.

Until this rule is changed through the CBA, you can't blame teams for doing this. They'd be stupid if they didn't. However, McHugh's point is spot on: what does he have to work on in the minors?


This kind of thing might fracture a relationship between a player and an organization, but there's a rumor circulating that Jimenez and the White Sox might be ​close to agreeing on an eight-year, $100 million extension.


Well, that might make it worth being in Triple-A for a couple weeks.