Trade season is in full bloom and rumors continue to swirl around MLB. The New York Yankees were the first to strike a significant deal when they acquired Andrew Benintendi. The latest reports have swept up the Chicago White Sox into the rumor mill.
The Rumor Mill
Rick Hahn made it clear that the White Sox will be looking to add at the deadline. The loss of Garrett Crochet to Tommy John surgery, the failure of Bennett Sousa, and the injury to Aaron Bummer leave one left-hander on the pitching staff: Tanner Banks. The results from Sousa and Banks have not been pretty despite some solid stretches from Banks. Hahn recently said relief pitching will be a top priority at the deadline.
The rumor mill indicates White Sox are showing interest in a pair of bullpen pitchers.
One of them is an old friend, Pittsburgh Pirates lefty Jose Quintana. The Colombian southpaw had a stellar career on the South Side. He logged 1055.1 innings, posted an ERA of 3.50, and was selected to 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 involves the crosstown Cubs yet again. Reliever Mychal Givens, who has pitched for four different teams since 2020, will likely be on the move. The White Sox are one of a few teams reportedly showing interest. Givens has been phenomenal in the Cubs setup role this year. In 39.2 innings, he has 49 strikeouts and a 2.72 ERA.
The question, given the aforementioned rumors are true, is if Rick Hahn can convert on these deals. There will likely be stiff competition league-wide as pitching is always a need for contenders. The market will be especially competitive this year with an additional wild card team. There are many teams, including the currently .500 White Sox, that still like their chances.
The Twins, White Sox, and Guardians are separated by only three games in the AL Central. Mark Feinsand on MLB.com reports that all three teams will be looking to add. Furthermore, 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 look to add, specifically to the bullpen. Baseball scribes across the league have reported White Sox’s activity in the trade market. There will likely be stiff competition in the market with many contending teams still in the race. Nevertheless, who the White Sox ultimately land in any deals and the price tag is anyone’s guess.
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