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Ranking the White Sox Free Agent Wish List, with Bryce Harper and More

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 15: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals waits for the pitch from the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 15, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Kelly Kline/GettyImages)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 15: Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals waits for the pitch from the Atlanta Braves at SunTrust Park on September 15, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.(Photo by Kelly Kline/GettyImages) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – MAY 03: Starting pitcher Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on May 3, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 5-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ – MAY 03: Starting pitcher Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the second inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on May 3, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Dodgers defeated the Diamondbacks 5-2. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

Patrick Corbin – this one may be a little surprising, but the White Sox have been connected to him, and he is the best pitcher on the market with Clayton Kershaw having re-upped with the Dodgers. If the White Sox were to get him it could prove they were moving towards contending and could help their pitch for Harper or Machado. The White Sox, in general, need starting pitching very badly for 2019, although the Yankees may be a better match for Corbin.

 J.A. Happ – Another veteran pitcher the White Sox have been connected to, this one makes a lot of sense, given that with his experience he could lead a staff of young pitchers. At 36, the Northwestern alumni and Illinois native is still good too, winning 17 games and putting up a 3.4 WAR last season.

Michael Brantley – the White Sox have reportedly offered him a contract already. It would be a great way to gain ground on the Cleveland Indians by taking one of their players and putting him with a division rival. It’s hard to know how this plays into the pursuit for Harper though. In the unlikely event Harper and Brantley are both on the 2019 White Sox, the outfield could have Brantley and Eloy Jimenez in corner outfield positions, and Harper playing centerfield. In any case, acquiring Brantley means that Avisail Garcia is almost certainly gone.

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