Rumor mill says White Sox aggressive in trade market
Trade season is in full bloom and rumors continue to swirl around MLB. The New York Yankees were the first to make a big deal when they acquired Andrew Benintendi. The latest reports have swept the Chicago White Sox into the rumor mill.
The rumor mill
Rick Hahn has made it clear that the White Sox will be looking to add to the deadline. The loss of Garrett Hook to Tommy John surgery, the failure of Bennett Sousa, and the injury of Aaron Bummer leave one left-hander on the pitching team: Tanner Banks. Sousa and Banks’ results weren’t pretty despite some strong stretches from Banks. Hahn recently said relief pitching would be a top priority at the deadline.
Rumor has it that the White Sox are showing interest in two left-handed pitchers.
One of them is an old friend, Pittsburgh Pirates left-hander Jose Quintana. The Colombian southpaw has had a stellar career on the south side. He recorded 1,055.1 innings, posted a 3.50 ERA and was selected for an All-Star Game in 2016. He currently carries a 3.76 ERA in 25 appearances (22 starts) for the Bucs. The White Sox infamously dealt Quintana to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease at the 2017 trade deadline.
The other notable rumor once again involves the Crosstown Cubs. Reliever Mychal Givens, who has pitched for four different teams since 2020, will likely be on the move. The White Sox are one of the few teams that have reportedly shown interest. Givens has been phenomenal in the setup role for the Cubs this year. In 39.2 innings, he has 49 strikeouts and a 2.72 ERA.
The question, given that the aforementioned rumors are true, is whether Rick Hahn can convert these offers. There will likely be fierce league-wide competition, as pitching is always a need for contenders. The market will be particularly competitive this year with an additional wild card team. There are plenty of teams, including the currently .500 White Sox, that still love their chances.
The Twins, White Sox and Guardians are only three games apart in AL Central. Mark Feinsand on MLB.com reports that all three teams will be looking to add. Moreover, they are all among the most aggressive teams in the pitching market.
What we know
The Chicago White Sox front office has confirmed they will be looking to add, particularly to the bullpen. Baseball scribes across the league have been reporting White Sox activity on the trade market. There will likely be fierce competition in the market with many competing teams still in the running. Nonetheless, who the White Sox ultimately land in all the deals and price is anybody’s guess.
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