Chicago White Sox: Three trade packages for Joc Pederson

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Trade 1

The Chicago White Sox need a right fielder. They just acquired Nomar Mazara from the Texas Rangers, but if the Los Angeles Dodgers wanted a backup right fielder for Mookie Betts they could certainly take him back in the Joc Pederson trade. Pederson could be his backup too but he is much too good to be a backup in Major League Baseball. This would be a move of positional need for both teams.

Pederson is basically a better version of Mazara. They have the same strengths and weaknesses at the plate but Pederson has more power. They both play the same position as well in the field so both teams would be receiving a guy in that spot. Where the Dodgers would benefit from the trade, is the addition of Zack Collins. He is a young up and comer who can catch and play first base.

The Dodgers have Will Smith slated to be their starting catcher this season. He very well may be able to hold that position down but Collins has a high ceiling as an MLB backstop. He made his Major League debut last season. It didn’t go quite as he expected but he did have times where he looked good. The White Sox might not have all that much room for him this season with Yasmani Grandal coming in free agency along with James McCann already being there.

If the Dodgers see in Collins what the White Sox do, this is a trade that can get done. It would be cool to see a guy the White Sox developed go be impactful in the National League. He might even be able to grab their starting catcher job someday. This is a trade that would have a beneficial impact on both organizations.