Save trading Nate Jones, White Sox stand pat at trade deadline


The trade deadline has come and gone, and the White Sox lone activity was trading away an injured reliever.

Rick Hahn and his front office opted to hang onto potential trade candidates like Alex Colome and Aaron Bummer, either unable to get an offer that returns enough value to justify giving up back-end relievers with team control remaining past the end of the 2019 season, and/or displaying a conviction that the 2020 season will be one that sees a contender on the South Side.

The White Sox weren't in a position where they had to do anything. This year's deadline was different than the previous to, and there was no need to "get something" for any player, with Colome and Bummer able to form an eight-and-ninth-inning combo for next season. Other trade candidates like Ivan Nova and Jon Jay likely weren't expected to command much in the way of offers, and now both will stick around to continue to have an impact in the White Sox clubhouse.

With a shortage of expiring contracts to trade away, the lack of activity was not a surprise.

Hahn did make one deal, sending injured reliever Nate Jones to the Texas Rangers for a pair of minor league pitchers. Jones is out for the season after having forearm surgery, and it was possible he might not have returned to the roster next season via the team option for 2020 on his contract.

But that trade makes little impact on the White Sox fortunes for the 2020 season, which thanks to the positives that have popped up throughout the first half of the 2019 campaign, looks like one in which that shift to contention mode could occur. If that's what ends up happening, heading into a contending season with an All-Star caliber closer in Colome and a reliable setup man in Bummer figures to be as valuable if not much more so than anything Hahn might have landed at the deadline.

To fans who might have wanted the White Sox to try to add at this deadline, the opportunities to add the kind of player Hahn wants to inject into this core likely never presented itself. Hahn said earlier this month that the opportunities to add a big-time impact player via trade during the season aren't as prevalent as ones that pop up during the offseason, be they via trade or free agency. It would not be surprising to see the White Sox be aggressive this winter in trying to add to the roster in attempt to open the contention window in 2020.

And so the relative inactivity is not a shock, even if it comes as a bit of a disappointment to fans who were hoping for some kind of something on a day when players change zip codes with such frequency.

But the White Sox have their eye on 2020 and beyond, and keeping Colome, Bummer and a host of other players might be the best things for their fortunes in future seasons.

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