White Sox have many pitchers they could trade before the trading deadline. Which pitcher is most likely to be traded from the South Side?
With the trade deadline in sight, the White Sox will have some difficult decisions to make in the near future. Given they do have some position players to deal, in order to expedite their rebuild key pitchers could be packing their bags. Who are these hurlers? Let’s take a look:
Jose Quintana (LHP)
This is where things start and end for the Sox. Quintana was supposed to be the ace of the team headed into 2017, however he has under performed badly. Currently, Quintana sports a 3-8 record and an ERA of 5.07, which might complicate the club’s opportunity to receive equal value.
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Fortunately for the South Siders, teams looking to bring in the lefthander may do so just due to the fact he is under contract through 2020 at no higher than $10.5 million per year. Will that be the difference? Who knows, but it is anyone’s guess right now if anyone meets the Sox demands this summer.
David Robertson (RHP)
For those teams looking to acquire a closer, Robertson would be a great fit. He is ten for eleven in save opportunities, not to mention has a WHIP of 0.90. His strikeout to innings pitched ratio is excellent, as it currently sits at 1.45 meaning it is just below 1.5 per inning.
Money could be an issue, as Robertson is under contract through the end of 2018. He earns $25 million total from the start of 2017 until he becomes a free agent, therefore Sox may have to pay him to play in another city.
Derek Holland (LHP)
While some clubs may be after a long-term fit in Quintana, others might be after a rental such as Holland. The latter has pitched well in his short time with the Sox, posting a 5-6 record but a 3.79 ERA. Given no team is going to ship elite prospects to the South Siders for a middle of the rotation starter, Holland could still bring back a potential big leaguer or two. Holland will not be around post-2017, so why not acquire assets for him in the meantime?
Overall, the Sox should be very active over the next six weeks. This is the part of rebuilding that is fun for the fans, as they get to see if their front office can move current assets to acquire future ones. While not all of the new prospects will reach their ceiling, it is vital for the Sox to bring in as many as possible in order to give themselves options in case some do indeed fail.
Ready for the fun part, Sox fans? These next several weeks could produce your next favorite player.