Trade Package Number One: A prospect-oriented proposal
As I mentioned previously, the Dodgers have a rich farm system.
The White Sox might not be too willing to take players that are more than a year away from making an impact in the major leagues, but if they were, this would be a reasonable offer.
The White Sox would be getting the Dodgers ninth and tenth-ranked prospects, however, both are former top-100 prospects.
First is Yadier Alvarez. A hard-throwing Cuban righty, Alvarez is coming off of a down season in Double-A. With an upper-90’s fastball and sharp slider, Alvarez has ace-like tools, however has massive control issues, and is susceptible to the big innings.
Alvarez would be a nice project for White Sox pitching coach Don Cooper. At the age of 22, Alvarez could make an appearance in the major leagues next season, that is of course with a little bit of mechanical refinement.
Next is Jeren Kendall. The Dodgers’ 2017 first-round pick out of Vanderbilt, Kendall is a five-tool outfielder. Commonly connected to the White Sox leading up to the draft, Kendall has struggled in the minor leagues, hitting just .215 in High-A.
Kendall still had 35 extra base hits, and stole 37 bases. The strikeouts are a major issue, but plate discipline is certainly fixable, especially in a hitter as young as Kendall.
The White Sox would be taking two major risks with Alvarez and Kendall, but the upside is clear in both, as both are former top-100 prospects, as possess all the tools necessary to play at an All-Star level in the major leagues.
A prospect-only package is pretty unlikely, but the upside here is clear, and the White Sox could definitely jump at this particular proposal.