Five players Chicago White Sox could trade for

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2. Ken Giles

Ken Giles could represent the best option for the Chicago White Sox on the reliever market this year, in terms of reasonably affordable ones.

As mentioned previously, Yates could become available this season, but the price tag to acquire Yates could prove too high for the team to make a deal work.

Giles, 29, is almost certain to find himself available at some point this year, with the Toronto Blue Jays looking like they are roughly a year or two away from truly contending.

In 2019, the right-hander was about as effective as any reliever in baseball with a 1.87 ERA, 2.27 FIP, 1.000 WHIP, 14.1 K/9, 2.9 BB/9, and 23 saves.

While his 4.65 ERA the year prior is a little concerning, coming over as a rental makes any trade for Giles lack risk.

At the very worst, he doesn’t perform to the level the Chicago White Sox need him to and they move on from him in the offseason.

Adding Giles to the back-end of the bullpen that already has Aaron Bummer and Alex Colome would prove lethal from the seventh inning, on.

It remains to be seen what the cost for Giles would be, but there is a limit on how much Toronto could ask for in a trade for a rental reliever.

Giles would likely not finish many games for the White Sox this season given Colome’s presence, but the “closer” title has started to lose its importance with many teams operating in a matchup-based set-up on a nightly basis.

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