I'd take the "win now at the expense of some prospects" route 100 times out of 100.
There are always more minor leaguers.
I believe that's almost exactly what Tommy Lasorda said, in his brief tenure as Dodgers GM when, in third place at midseason, 12.5 games out of first and 8 games out of the wild card spot, he traded the #2 prospect in the game (Konerko) for a half-season of closer Jeff Shaw.
Clearly "100 times out of 100" just doesn't make logical sense. We all agree there are limits to "win now at the expense of prospects", it's just a matter of defining that limit, right?
While I've generally defended White Sox on the "win now" side of that line, they've failed at it long enough that I think it's fair to shift to the other side of the line. If I were a White Sox fan (heaven forbid! ), though, I would have wanted a recent dice roll without Robin Ventura at the helm. Maybe some new voices in the front office too -- I'm not confident they necessarily made the best deal here either.
Edited by spycake, 07 December 2016 - 12:35 PM.