White Sox were rumored to be having trade talks with Los Angeles Dodgers for Joc Pederson. Those trade talks are reportedly still ongoing.
The White Sox aren’t done making additions to the roster before Opening Day. While they wait for a decision from Manny Machado, the White Sox could very well still make a trade to acquire Joc Pederson from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
According to Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune, the White Sox and Dodgers aren’t necessarily close to a deal but it shouldn’t be ruled out. Greenstein notes that the Dodgers current outfield is very crowded and there’s an outside chance a trade with the White Sox could still happen according to a Tribune source.
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In January, it was reported by fellow FanSided contributor Jason Kinander that the White Sox and Dodgers were discussing a trade involving Pederson. The Sox outfield could certainly use Pederson in the outfield for this upcoming season as was mentioned by Southside Showdown contributor Conor Evans when breaking down the 2019 outfield.
If the White Sox can acquire Pederson, it would improve their chances of competing in the American League Central division. Pederson would give the Sox a better option at center field and possibly as a designated hitter. The Sox wouldn’t block any prospects with the acquisition of Pederson either as he will become a free agent after the 2020 season.
The Sox still need to make some more additions before the season starts to have a better chance of a winning season in 2019. Acquiring Pederson could lead to a few more additions just before Opening Day to help field a more competitive Sox team.
A trade for Pederson doesn’t have to happen soon, but it should happen before Opening Day if the Sox and Dodgers can agree to a deal. The Sox attempts to build a competitive team has been good thus far. An addition of Pederson via trade would certainly go a long way into helping the Sox become contenders much sooner.