Minnesota Twins: Are the White Sox a credible threat to the Twins?

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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 10: Eloy Jimenez #74 of the Chicago White Sox (L) celebrates with Tim Anderson #7 after hitting a grand slam home run in the 1st inning against the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 10: Eloy Jimenez #74 of the Chicago White Sox (L) celebrates with Tim Anderson #7 after hitting a grand slam home run in the 1st inning against the Kansas City Royals at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 21: Lucas Giolito #27 and James McCann #33 of the Chicago White Sox celebrate after Giolito pitched a complete game against the Minnesota Twins on August 21, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 21: Lucas Giolito #27 and James McCann #33 of the Chicago White Sox celebrate after Giolito pitched a complete game against the Minnesota Twins on August 21, 2019 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

The White Sox are better, but not ready to challenge the Twins

With a minor league system that also includes top-five draft picks Nick Madrigal and Andrew Vaughn, the White Sox are an organization that is brimming with young talent. While a lot of the younger players in the organization are not ready for their major league close up, the White Sox have done a good job at finding veterans that can temporarily fill in their weaknesses and help them compete in 2020.

Whether that’s enough to dethrone the Twins will depend on what happens this winter. With three months to go until opening day, it’s a safe bet that neither the Twins or the White Sox are done making moves. In fact, David Price has been rumored to be shopped to a pair of AL Central teams and with Cleveland, Kansas City and Detroit looking like unlikely destinations, Minnesota and Chicago could be in a battle before the games even start.

Either way, the White Sox have clearly gotten better this offseason and the Twins have stayed with many of the pieces that helped win 101 games last season. If the Twins can make an impact move in the coming weeks, it should be enough to keep Chicago at bay for the 2020 season and with some prospects of their own (Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff, Trevor Larnach), the Twins will be able to fight youth with youth.

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If not in 2020, the Minnesota/Chicago rivalry is one on the rise and if the two teams stay on the same trajectory, we could be seeing the same memories that filled the 2000s.

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