This was supposed to be the year that the Chicago White Sox lived up to expectations.
The talent is still there on the roster. Tony La Russa, who was a terrible fit in the clubhouse, was gone. Players were healthy once again. It had appeared that a cloud had lifted from the franchise and they were ready to contend for a playoff berth once more.
Instead, the White sox have stumbled through the first two months like La Russa after a few too many beers. They have the third worst record in the majors and are set for another disappointing season. And once again, the trade deadline will have more of a focus on which players they shop than who they look to bring in.
It is shaping up to be another lost year for the Chicago White Sox. Let’s take a look at three players they could move at the trade deadline.
Three Chicago White Sox trade candidates
Lucas Giolito had been one of the better pitchers in the American League from 2019 through 2021 before taking a step back last year. While he is not back to that form this season, his 4.08 ERA and 1.259 WHiP over his 68.1 innings this year are better than league average. He is striking out over a batter an inning (69 strikeouts) with just 21 walks. It is possible that a trade to a contender could work wonders for his performance. Add in his impending free agency, and he has plenty of motivation to turn things around. That could make him a very intriguing trade option.
Almost every contender is going to be looking for pitching help. Teams such as the Yankees, Rays, and Mariners could be interested in Giolito’s services.
A former batting champion, two time All Star, and a player who has batted over .300 in each of the past four seasons would be interesting for any team. That description belongs to Tim Anderson, who is in the midst of a career worst season this year. His .263/.302/.306 batting line in 169 plate appearances with just seven doubles does not inspire confidence. However, his track record, and a team option worth $14 million for 2024 could make him an attractive speculative option.
Tim Anderson could be the answer for several teams at the trade deadline. The Dodgers, Marlins, and Red Sox could potentially be involved in his market.
Although Yasmani Grandal is an impending free agent, the White Sox will likely have to pay a portion of his remaining salary for 2023. Despite being due whatever portion of his $18.25 million salary this season, he could still be an upgrade. Grandal has posted a solid .266/.355/.403 batting line in his 170 plate appearances entering Friday. He offers virtually nothing defensively, but he would be an offensive upgrade for plenty of teams. And catching is always a hot commodity at the deadline.
Yasmani Grandal could be an interesting option at the trade deadline. The Red Sox, Diamondbacks, and Padres could be possible suitors.