No team has been more aggressive in the past year in changing its path. The Sox looked like they might be on the verge of contention as recently as 2015, only to fall short in those efforts due to a shortfall of talent. Rather than wallow in mediocrity, GM Rick Hahn identified the problem, and blew everything up.
Chris Sale, Adam Eaton, Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, and Anthony Swarzak are all gone. Jose Abreu should soon follow. And the future will be entrusted to a new, young group of South Siders, led by Yoan Moncada, the consensus 2017 best prospect in baseball who held his own (.231/.338/.412) as a 22-year-old getting his first extended run of big league playing time this year.