Podcast: Bad Breaks and Unexpected Battles

Guest: Connor McKnight

With Jake Burger missing all of 2018 due to injury, we break down what this means for the White Sox in short and long-term vision at third base. How Carson Fulmer’s struggles early have created a position battle for the fifth spot in the starting rotation, and which players we like to earn spots on the 25-man roster.

Plus this week’s P.O. Sox questions:

From Mark Sambor on Patreon: Who will be playing third base for the White Sox in 2019 and 2020?

Extra questions for our Patreon supporters.

Andrew Segall: Center field appears to be the most interesting roster battle because of the number of players directly and indirectly affected. Do you think that Tilson and Cordell begin in Charlotte and Engel starts in CF with Leury and Saladino on the bench? If not, how else could you see it unfolding?

Greg Nix: Is anyone standing out to you so far in the race for the last bullpen and bench spots?

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Josh’s reactions from Jim going Moustakas to Arenado was fantastic. Thanks for another entertaining Pod, Guys!


My off the wall prediction: Some of the folks over at The Purple Row regard their chances of re-signing Arenado with positively Sox-fan like dour, and there’s a non zero chance the Rockies don’t make the playoffs, so I’m going with the idea that Arenado will be available next off season, a la Machado this winter, and Hahn will pull off the move he couldn’t this past December. He’ll trade for Arenado (our prospect pool will be improved by whoever we draft at #4, as well as any return in a potential Avi deal), and he’ll have Renteria and Abreu spend the 2019 season low-key lobbying for Arenado to sign a big extension. Also, somewhere in this Abreu gets some kind of extension, and… I don’t know, I start dating a supermodel, or something.