How would you rank the work done by the Cubs and White Sox front offices?
Cubs president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer are in Year 3 of their rebuild on the North Side, and the Cubs are still no better off at the big-league level than they were before Epstoyer came over. At the same time, however, the front office has padded the minor leagues with one of the best systems in baseball.
Jesse Spector from The Sporting News ranked every MLB GM and put Hoyer 20th. Here's his reasoning:
Good talent has come in through trades to complement good work done in drafts, pointing Chicago toward a bright future, but stripping down the Cubs so thoroughly that they act like a small-market team is unnecessary. It’s possible to rebuild while still putting a respectable product on the field, and that really has not happened the past two seasons (or this year), leading to a steep attendance drop at Wrigley Field. Cubs fans are nothing if not patient, but tanking this hard is tough to handle, especially when there are players who are supposed to be part of the finished product already on the roster.
The White Sox, meanwhile, are in a rebuilding process of their own, but they're still trying to win at the big-league level, acquiring a nice stable of potential core players, led by Jose Abreu.
That balancing act between rebuilding and trying to remain competitive in the majors earned White Sox GM Rick Hahn the No. 13 spot on Spector's list:
Charged with the task of a potentially painful rebuild, Hahn got a good return last year for Jake Peavy and added a potential franchise-changing international player in Jose Abreu while his counterparts in rebuilding in Chicago whiffed on Masahiro Tanaka. While there is no doubt the White Sox are still some time away from being contenders, they have an entertaining team in the meantime that is fostering an organizational identity that will serve them well, with the knowledge that building a successful bullpen will be the last piece of the puzzle.
The White Sox entered play Thursday at 23-25, 2.5 games behind the second wild card spot. The Cubs have the fewest wins in the MLB (16), but are percentage points ahead of the Houston Astros for the worst record in the league.