By: Will Farlow
The Chicago White Sox had a tough loss tonight against the Chicago Cubs. Fans expected trades of players in contract years to happen to improve the team for the foreseeable future. I don’t think anybody expected the trade that just took place tonight in Chicago. The Chicago White Sox have traded Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez to the Los Angeles Angels for Edgar Quero and Ky Bush. These are my takes on how this trade positively impacts the future of the team at 35th and Shields.
The White Sox acquired more than I expected for two players set to be free agents at the end of the season. Lucas Giolito was a good starting pitcher in his White Sox career , but signs of him not returning after this season led to his departure tonight. Reynaldo Lopez has not been the reliever the Southsiders needed this year, and they got the best they could for him in a trade. The White Sox needed to get younger and more stable for the future , and this trade helps makes that happen.
The White Sox acquired the Angels #2 prospect in the switch hitting Cuban catcher Quero. I like his approach on offense hitting well, taking walks, and striking out less. Quero is the youngest player in the Double A Minor League Baseball level. The White Sox have a need at catcher for the future , and this trade improves that in a great way.
Ky Bush is an interesting left handed starting pitcher for the White Sox to acquire in this trade. The lefty has good control as a pitcher, but has faced a few injuries in the minors this year as a setback. Bush is the lefty the White Sox can use in a rotation that’s recently featured a majority of right handers. Bush can definitely slot in well to a future rotation behind Dylan Cease and Michael Kopech. Thank you to Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez for what you did as White Sox players. Rick Hahn made a smart move for the future , and next season with this trade with the Los Angeles Angels.
By: Will Farlow
The Chicago White Sox had high hopes when they first signed Luis Robert back in 2017. The Cuban phenom early on got the nickname La Pantera during his early seasons on the Southside. Robert has had the last two seasons dealt with some injury situations. This 2023 season is the star breakout season White Sox fans waited for with Robert. Following Sundays 8-7 win in Oakland, Robert was named to represent the Southsiders as a reserve in the All Star Game.
Luis Robert being named to the MLB All Star Game is an exciting moment for a White Sox team having a first half to forget. Robert is a five tool star player Chicago can build around for years to come. Defense for Robert in my opinion is his strongest quality in any game situation. Robert has truly improved his plate discipline this season and its lead to a current .276 batting average and 24 home runs. The Cuban centerfielder is very humble as a player , and someone I feel is a key leader for his team.
The announcement made by the team in the locker room showed positive signs as they clapped and cheered for Robert. The part of the celebration that stood out to me the most was Robert’s response to the team . Robert spoke about the honor of being able to play in the All Star Game while inspiring his teammates to improve the rest of the season after a tough start. This shows his growth as a leader, and I feel he truly deserves this honor to be in the All Star Game. Now playing the outfield for the 2023 American League All Stars , Luis Robert!
By: Will Farlow
Three seasons ago the Chicago Cubs traded in a fire sale key players from their 2016 World Series run. This lead to fans having to handle another rebuild situation . Now in 2023 , fans are excited again at Wrigley with this newly improved Cubs team. The Cubs are off to a great start here in 2023, and they gave even more good news to their fans. The Chicago Cubs have three key players named to the NL All Star Team in Marcus Stroman, Dansby Swanson, and Justin Steele. Here are my takes on why these three truly deserve the All Star nods.
Marcus Stroman has been a well respected pitcher in the MLB for many years. Stroman is a reliable pitcher when healthy, and plays the game fans want appreciate from a pitcher. The pitcher’s second season as a Cub as been his best at Wrigley in my view. There are reports his stay could be short, but I feel the All Star nod will lead to his long term future at Wrigley Field. I admire how much Stroman has been connected to his teammates and the fans. Stroman has had a season that has truly earned him a trip to Seattle coming soon.
Dansby Swanson has been a talented shortstop since his MLB debut back in 2016. The moment he came to the Cubs this past offseason led to the excitement of fans on the Northside. Swanson has vastly improved the Cubs defense and hits in game situations. The Cubs thanks to adding the shortstop now have one of the best defenses in the league. Swanson has taken his winning experience into a young clubhouse to help his team be successful.
Justin Steele is my favorite of these three Chicago Cubs that were named to play in the 2023 MLB All Star Game in Seattle. This young Cub came into the season primed to breakout , and he has done just that in his third season in the majors. Steele has led the NL Pitchers in ERA and WHIP. Steele in my honest opinion in the next three years will be at the top of this young Cubs pitching rotation.
The Chicago Cubs having three players named to the MLB All Star Game is a positive sign for their future in the league. This team will be contending consistently once again in postseason baseball. They have fight, strong defense, and impressive team chemistry. Congratulations to Dansby Swanson, Justin Steele , and Marcus Stroman for being named to the NL All Star Team in 2023.
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