Five players Chicago White Sox could trade for

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Chicago White Sox Mike Minor
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4. Mike Minor

Mike Minor is another starting pitching option that could emerge for the Chicago White Sox in 2020, if there is an opening in their rotation.

If the left-hander can manage to pitch as he did in 2019, going after Minor at some point this season would be a no-brainer.

The 32-year-old had a very good season for the Texas Rangers as a starter this past season, registering a 3.59 ERA, 4.25 FIP, 1.238 WHIP, 8.6 K/9, and 2.9 BB/9.

That led to him making the AL All-Star team and finishing eighth in the AL Cy Young Award voting. His $9.5 million salary is more than reasonable for that type of pitcher.

Texas is almost certain to deal the southpaw this season due to the fact that they are almost certain to finish behind the Houston Astros and probably will trail the Oakland Athletics and the vastly improved, Los Angeles Angels.

Chicago could make sense as a destination not just for the rotation, though, as he also has extensive experience as a late-inning reliever.

In 2017, the Kansas City Royals deployed him in that role and he was dominant as he had a 2.55 ERA, 2.62 FIP, 1.017 WHIP, 10.2 K/9, and 2.5 BB/9.

Now, the likelihood is that Minor would become very unhappy if the team chose to just stick him in the bullpen in the midst of a good season from him.

However, if Minor were to struggle this season, the Chicago White Sox could legitimately pitch a back-end relief role to him as a pending free agent looking to market himself to other clubs.

On top of it, a trade to acquire Minor in that scenario would significantly reduce in price, making him a phenomenal buy-low candidate.

Minor could provide value in either role, though.