Chicago White Sox Winter Meetings Wishlist
Aug 6, 2014; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds starting pitcher Mat Latos (55) pitches during the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Great American Ball Park. The Reds defeated the Indians 8-3. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-USA TODAY Sports
Right-handed Starting Pitcher
The White Sox have a very left-leaning starting pitching staff, and by that I don’t mean they all voted for democrats in the 2014 mid-term elections. Three out of four of the White Sox current projected starting pitchers are southpaws. Adding one more right-hander to the mix will be a top priority for Hahn et al heading into the meetings Sunday. There will be no shortage of options for the White Sox to consider.
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Viable free agent options include names such as Max Scherzer, James Shields, Ervin Santana, and Edison Volquez. Numerous more options abound if the Sox can make a deal with teams like the Red and Nationals. Either Mat Latos or Jordan Zimmerman would be solid additions to the club and give the Sox one of the best top 3 starting combos in the league. White Sox infielder, Marcus Semien, may have helped his trade value the second half of 2014 by batting .273 with an .818 OPS (On-base plus slugging percentage) in 21 games. Plenty of teams would value Semien’s infield and offensive presence as he continues to develop into a productive major league player. The Berkeley, California native could be a key player in a package deal to include another prospect in return one of the right-handers.