The Major League Baseball hot stove is just starting to heat up. For the apparent buying Chicago White Sox, here are three trades to light the stove.
For the first time in three years, the Chicago White Sox are…..buyers?
Yep, that’s right. All signs are pointing to Rick Hahn and the White Sox being ready to build the major league roster up after two rebuilding seasons.
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After finishing 62-100, the White Sox maybe aren’t the most ideal buyers. But the prospects that they dealt their core players for back in 2016 and 2017 are close to being ready to contribute, and the White Sox just so happen to have some money to spend.
As we learned with the Cubs rebuild, winning teams aren’t built purely on free agent signings and prospects-turned-stars. The White Sox will have to make some trades somewhere down the line, and it looks as if those trades could happen sooner rather than later.
Given their horrid 2018 season, the White Sox obviously have some holes to fill. While many of those holes will likely be filled by premier prospects who aren’t ready just yet, the White Sox could, and should, make an impact trade or two.
First off, lets take a quick look at a couple of positions that the White Sox will be looking to upgrade this winter. Whether it be via free agency or trade, the White Sox likely won’t leave the following holes unfilled.
Rotation: James Shields is out, Dylan Covey is not a major league pitcher, and Carlos Rodon, Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito have a lot to prove. This is a no-brainer. Look for the White Sox to target either a big-name free agent or a young, controllable starter.
Outfield: Avi Garcia is almost definitely gone (see above), Adam Engel looks like a great late-inning defensive replacement and Eloy Jimenez is the only current outfielder that expects to be there for a while. Free agency is the likely route here given the options, but as always, a trade is possible.
Bullpen: Nate Jones is the only proven righty, there’s no true closer and the bullpen has seen the most departures throughout the rebuild. There are certainly several free agent options, but I don’t think that’s where the money goes–easily the most-likely trade subject.