White Sox: Top Five Most Likely Trading Partners

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Jul 18, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 18, 2016; Seattle, WA, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale (49) throws against the Seattle Mariners during the sixth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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July 20, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (29) celebrates after scoring a run in the third inning against Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
July 20, 2016; Anaheim, CA, USA; Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre (29) celebrates after scoring a run in the third inning against Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Texas Rangers

Although the Rangers are leading the AL West, their bullpen is one of the worst in MLB. The Rangers bullpen ranks 29th in MLB with a 5.02 ERA. That’s only better than the Cincinnati Reds bullpen. The Rangers have struggled to begin the second half with a 1-5 record, and they will certainly need help in their bullpen if they expect to hold off the surging Astros. With a poor bullpen, the Rangers could perhaps reach out to the White Sox and inquire about Duke or Robertson. I wouldn’t be surprised if they inquired about Nate Jones either.

The Rangers need a consistent reliever that can not only hold leads, but can also help get the ball to closer Sam Dyson in the ninth inning. The Rangers best relief pitcher outside of Dyson is 2004 first-round draft pick Matt Bush. Dyson and Bush are the only two relief pitchers for the Rangers with ERA’s under 3.00. With the White Sox reportedly listening to offers, the Rangers would be wise to offer a solid return for one of the south siders relief pitchers. Texas could also use another bat in the outfield, and the White Sox could trade Melky Cabrera to the Rangers.

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