2018: 1 – Atlanta Braves, 2 – Chicago White Sox, 3 – New York Yankees, 30 – Seattle Mariners
Let’s take a bit of a dive into the number two team on this list, since we have already recently looked into the success of both the Atlanta Braves and the New York Yankees.
The Chicago White Sox were a bad team for quite some time. Thanks to some smart trades, like the ones including both Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, they were able to load up on talent and set themselves up for a nice run in the years to come. The White Sox received Michael Kopech, Yoan Moncada, and two other prospects in exchange for Chris Sales.
Anyway, The White Sox were loaded, and a good amount of the top talent had really shown their abilities, playing well once they’ve gotten to the majors. Luis Robert, Michael Kopech, and Eloy Jimenez. Years of frustration for White Sox fans are finally turning around.
Having just one winning season since 2011, they managed not just that in the odd 2020 season, but actually made it to the playoffs. Whether you want to call the 2020 Wild Card round real playoffs or not, they still made it. With the recent trade of Dane Dunning for Lance Lynn, they seem poised to make a run at the playoffs once again in 2021.
Does this type of trade package sound familiar to Mariners fans. Robinson Cano? Turns out he was good for something after all. Right before the year ended, Jerry Dipoto went to work and stayed true to his full rebuild mentality. It might have been one of the biggest moves the Seattle Mariners have ever made, and it was shocking at the time.
The New York Mets received Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz for a handful of prospects. This would begin the shift towards a better farm system in Seattle. Oh, and guess who the Mariners selected in the 2018 Draft? Logan Gilbert.