Chicago White Sox: Five players to trade before Spring Training

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The Chicago White Sox have a surplus of starting pitching options. There are a few guys who are locks to be in the rotation long term and there are a few who need to prove themselves. One who needs to prove himself is Reynaldo Lopez. He was fantastic for the White Sox in 2018 but he took a step back in 2019 when the team was a little better. 2020 could be the year that the White Sox make a semi-permanent decision on his future with the team.

Lopez will be near the bottom of the rotation if he makes it there out of Spring Training. There are some people who believe he is cut out to be more of a reliever than a starter. This year will be the biggest determining factor of that. If he has another dud as he did in 2019 but the struggles came mostly in the later innings, he would likely stick in the bullpen.

One other option the White Sox can choose is to trade Lopez. He was a highly-touted prospect when he came to the White Sox with Giolito in the Adam Eaton trade. The potential is all there so if a team was willing to pay something nice to get a pitcher like Lopez, the White Sox should absolutely do it.

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