Chicago White Sox Black Friday Shopping List

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Jun 28, 2015; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche (25) at bat against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

A new designated hitter: The White Sox new DH is actually on the roster as you read this, outfielder Melky Cabrera. The issue is ridding the team of Adam LaRoche. Trayce Thompson could replace Cabrera in left field as he proved at the end of last season and J.B. Shuck would stay as the club’s fourth outfielder. Both Avila and Frazier also have experience at first base to replace Abreu when he needs a day off. LaRoche would likely benefit from a move back to the Senior Circuit, and one team that still makes sense for him is the Saint Louis Cardinals. It was suggested last year that the Cardinals would have interest in the lefty slugger at the trade deadline to complement the right-handed Mark Reynolds. Already being linked to the biggest name on the free agent market, Chris Davis, it is clear the Redbirds have not given up their search for a first baseman with left handed power, something LaRoche still possesses. If Saint Louis does not want to break the bank on Davis, LaRoche could be had at a much lower cost in the form of a single prospect. Since the White Sox are actually set on pitching in the minors, a player such as Paul DeJong, the #30 ranked prospect in the Cardinals organization and a third baseman, could be a nice piece for the White Sox to take a chance on hoping he pans out as a replacement in two years at the hot corner. TRADE: LaRoche and cash to the Cardinals; DeJong to the White Sox