If the White Sox add an outfielder, should they deal Avisail Garcia?
With all of the recent Hot Stove talk surrounding the Chicago White Sox and right field, what happens to Avisail Garcia assuming a stud outfielder is brought in?
One idea would be to option him to Triple-A (he has one option left). However, if the White Sox really do bring in a stud outfielder, it may be time to deal Garcia. I understand fans have been disappointed with his production since he came to the South Side, but keep in mind he had a serious shoulder injury that cost him almost all of 2014.
Even though he has gone through a major injury, he still has the ability to produce in the future. With that said, Garcia has a good amount of trade value.
In my opinion, it might make sense for the White Sox to package both Garcia and a young starter together for another young starting pitcher. Since starting pitching is extremely expensive on the open market, a solid young arm that is MLB ready might be a good idea to acquire in a deal that involves Garcia.
Here is my concern with doing this. If the White Sox trade Garcia and a solid young starter (not top prospect), and don’t get a productive arm in return they lose two solid assets (including the pitcher dealt).
My big issue is this: Garcia is a potential 20+ home run per season hitter, with solid athleticism. I understand the fact that he is extremely raw, but his upside is still big. He could end up being Dayan Viciedo, or he could end up becoming Alex Rios (the 2012 version).
That is why this decision is so big, spending a lot of money at an outfield spot is a big risk for a team that can’t afford a bad contract. On top of that, if the White Sox were to do that they would lose a spot for one of their talented young players. Garcia will be a serious contributor for someone next year, the question is for whom?
Overall, the White Sox need to go for it. With both the A.L. Central and American League up in the air, it is absolutely necessary to do everything possible to win with the current core. I understand that Carson Fulmer could become another solid starter for the team in 2017, not to mention other good young prospects on their way to the majors.
Rebuilding would be pointless, with two superstars on the roster (Chris Sale and Jose Abreu) as we speak. If they put enough talent around them, and the breaks go their way, who knows what can happen? The question is, will it be in 2016?