3 Players the White Sox Should Trade for at the Deadline for a World Series Run
The Chicago White Sox finally have all of their young prospects clicking at the MLB level. The results? A dominant combination of hitting and pitching that leads the NL Central with a 28-19 overall record. Still, every team has some holes and those are apparent as the MLB season heads into June.
Chicago has an immediate opportunity to capitalize on their young talent. Here are three players the White Sox should trade for at the upcoming trade deadline for a World Series run.
Chicago White Sox Trade Targets
1. Richard Rodriguez, CP
Admittedly, the White Sox don't have a ton of holes. But, the bullpen is one area this team could look to improve. Chicago owns just the league's 12th-best ERA as a bullpen (3.81) this season. Liam Hendriks owns the closer role, however, MLB teams love to bolster their bullpen with multiple arms that can save games. Richard Rodriguez of the Pittsburgh Pirates fits the bill. He's off to an outstanding start including 6 saves and a stifling 0.45 ERA across 19 games. The Pirates will be sellers at the deadline, so this deal works on multiple levels.
2. Willson Contreras, C
Chicago's offense has pretty much fired on all cylinders in 2021. This team ranks with the fifth-best offense across the league, scoring 5.1 runs per game. Despite the production, the catcher position has not produced offensively. Yasmani Grandal and Zack Collins are both hitting less than .200 at the plate and have combined for only 8 home runs and 24 RBIs. Chicago could approach their cross-town rivals, the Cubs (understandably tough), for a deal involving Willson Contreras. It depends if the Cubs turn into buyers or sellers at the deadline (hovering around .500 baseball). But, Contreras is hitting .245, commands excellent defense at the plate, and will hit arbitration in 2022.
3. Josh Hader, CP
Josh Hader is another example of bolstering the White Sox bullpen with multiple closers. Chicago's bullpen hasn't been awful, but if this group featured two closers like Hendriks and Hader, forget about it. That could propel the White Sox to major World Series favorites. Hader has 11 saves and a 1.02 ERA this season while the Milwaukee Brewers struggle to get over .500 baseball (24-24 overall record). He's also set for arbitration this offseason and will command a bigger paycheck.
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