It’s March 16th and two of the biggest free agent pitchers on the market still haven’t signed. Dallas Keuchel is a former Cy Young award winner, a 2X all-star, and a 4X gold glover. Keuchel wasn’t the best starting pitcher on the market but he is solid number 3 in the rotation for any team. The other is Craig Kimbrel, a 7X all-star, 3X top reliever award winner, and one of the best relief pitchers in major league history. Why haven’t they signed, where will they sign, and when will they sign?
Chicago White Sox
Preview: The White Sox are still in the middle of a rebuilding stage. Chicago has been stockpiling a long list of highly touted prospects. It’s still too early for the White Sox to contend, but they will enter the 2019 season with hopes that their young talent is developed and competes. Returning veterans for the ChiSox include star 1B Jose Abreu, reliable backstop Welington Castillo, and RHP out of the bullpen, Nate Jones. The Sox also decided to add some veteran talent to perhaps help smooth the young guys’ transition and develop. This offseason they added power-hitting Yonder Alonso, outfielder Jon Jay, SP Ivan Nova, and relief pitchers Kelvin Herrera and Alex Colome. An interesting prospect to look for on the White Sox this year is SP Michael Kopech, who is expected to play his rookie season this year. Kopech has been a highly rated prospect since he was drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft straight out of high school. The White Sox are hoping for Kopech to be a huge part of their future. There are two other young players that the White Sox are looking for a breakthrough from: 24 year old SP Lucas Giolito and 23 year old middle infielder Yoan Moncada. Both Giolito and Moncada struggled last season, failing to meet expectations. After a rough couple of years for south siders, 2019 could show a much improved White Sox team that could show signs of a team that will be ready to contend within the next few years.