This summer is just going to be insane, isn’t it? It seems like every few hours there’s a new report about the Blackhawks or Bulls trading for somebody, and frankly I’m all right with it because it’s a lot better than trying to figure out how to fix the White Sox and Cubs.
Thanks to the Stanley Cup Final, the NBA Finals and the World Cup I haven’t spent nearly as much time paying attention to the White Sox as I normally do. And I’m grateful for it because, if you haven’t noticed, the White Sox haven’t been all that good lately.
Since improving to 31-30 earlier this month the Sox have gone and lost 11 of their last 15 games, falling all the way to last place in the AL Central, and honestly, I’m not sure they’re going to bounce back.
Are the Bulls putting a backup plan in place, or do they have something larger planned?
That’s the question I had to ask myself when I saw the latest report from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski about the Bulls pursuing a trade for Orlando’s Arron Afflalo. For months we’ve heard all about the Bulls and their interest in guys like Carmelo Anthony and Kevin Love, but as any Bulls fan knows when it comes to bringing a top player to Chicago, backup plans are a must. So is that what Afflalo is? Here’s what Wojnarowski wrote.
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As I’ve stated here a few times since the Blackhawks season came to an end, I expect changes to be made to the roster next season. Somebody that’s been considered a part of the core — be it Patrick Sharp or Brent Seabrook — is going to be moved via trade. I also think that the Blackhawks will address their need for a second center this summer, and it’s possible that a trade could be the way to go about doing so.
Last week I wrote about my dream scenario of the Blackhawks getting Ryan Kesler from the Canucks, but he’s not the only option out there. In fact, Pierre McGuire stepped out from that spot between the Los Angeles and New York benches during the Stanley Cup Final to do a radio interview Tuesday, and he believes the Hawks will look west for a new center, but it won’t be Ryan Kesler.
As of late it feels like the only time you hear the Bulls two first round draft picks being mentioned is as possible trade bait for Kevin Love, but according to one report, the Bulls are still looking to trade those picks, but not for Kevin Love.
It seems the Bulls want to move up in the draft to get a shooter.
I know that the White Sox are currently 32-33 and only 3.5 games out of first place in the AL Central, but even with my history of being unreasonably optimistic about the White Sox, I’m not expecting this team to compete for the postseason this year. I just have a hard time believing this team, with no real bullpen and a starting rotation that’s actually relying on Hector Noesi, is going to contend for the long haul. Hell, they’re in the race now, but they haven’t even won as many games as they lost.
A bad division can make a team look better than it actually is.
But this team isn’t a playoff team. It’s a much better team than 2013, and it’s a lot more enjoyable to watch — THESE KIDS JUST DO NOT QUIT — but October isn’t happening in Chicago this year. In fact, the team we see in September probably won’t be the same as the one we’re watching now.
I still expect the White Sox to be sellers come the trade deadline, and one of the players I feel has a good chance of being moved is Gordon Beckham.
While it hasn’t quite reached the level of the Bears forever searching for a quarterback before trading for Jay Cutler, it feels like the Blackhawks have been trying and failing to land a second center behind Jonathan Toews for years now. Of course, unlike the Bears, the Blackhawks quest hasn’t kept them from winning, though I suppose that second-line centers aren’t as important as quarterbacks.