Chicago White Sox: Three trade packages for Kirby Yates

Vincent Parise
PEORIA, ARIZONA - MARCH 04: Kirby Yates #39 of the San Diego Padres delivers a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals on March 04, 2020 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
PEORIA, ARIZONA - MARCH 04: Kirby Yates #39 of the San Diego Padres delivers a pitch during the first inning of a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals on March 04, 2020 in Peoria, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /
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Trade 1

The Chicago White Sox should be very serious about adding another veteran reliever to this group. That should mean giving up some decent prospects/MLB ready talent in order to do so. Especially in the case of a player like Kirby Yates who was arguably the best reliever in baseball during the 2019 season. That is why trading Luis Alexander Basabe and Danny Mendick for Yates would be a move worth making for Chicago.

Basabe is a good young prospect but everyone knows that Luis Robert is the centerfielder of the present and future. It would take a lot for that to not be the case so Basabe is probably best suited for another team. The Padres would welcome in a prospect like that as he will be ready in a few years. Danny Mendick would be able to hop onto their roster right now. He would provide good depth for them at multiple positions.

Each of these guys is a part of the White Sox future if they don’t trade them, but eventually, they are going to need to move some of these younger players if they have depth at their position. Those types of trades will be for positions of need and every team in the league needs a reliever like Yates.

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