Chicago White Sox: Three trade packages for Joc Pederson

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The Chicago White Sox are pretty set with their center fielder. Luis Robert is already signed and ready to go. He is likely going to be their starting center fielder on opening day. With Eloy Jimenez in left and the potential of adding Joc Pederson or using Nomar Mazara as their right fielder, there is limited room for Adam Engel. He could be a defensive replacement for this White Sox team but they would be smart to use him to try and get Pederson.

The Dodgers have one of the very best offensive center fielders in the world with Cody Bellinger. Engel would go there and be a defensive replacement as well but the Dodgers might need a guy like that. They might also like an extra bat to pinch-hit for their pitchers as a National League team. Engel is a pretty good player, but he isn’t going to be a needle mover by any means. That isn’t really what the Dodgers need for Pederson as they are in it to win it now. They just need to be ready for all areas of the game.

With Walker Buehler, Clayton Kershaw, and David Price in the mix, they have a very good starting rotation. They did send Kenta Maeda to the Minnesota Twins in the Betts/Price trade and Hyun-Jin Ryu signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in free agency. That is why Reynaldo Lopez would be able to go in there and be a good number four.

Lopez is a good pitcher who had a tough 2019. He was really good in a tough 2018 as a team. If he could get back to that level again, he would be a great impact pitcher for Los Angeles. They could always use some extra arms due to their aspirations. Pitching proved to be key in the 2019 MLB Postseason so maybe they’d like to make a move like this.

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There is nothing set in stone with the Dodgers as far as moving Bellinger at all. They could very well find a role for him and keep him. With that said, it would only make sense for them to move him. They already had a deal in place for him and it fell through so that is a tough situation for both the player and organization moving forward. The White Sox would be smart to jump in on this situation.

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