The Chicago White Sox were a part of the 2020 Major League Baseball deadline on Monday.
The Chicago White Sox woke up this morning to the news that they are not getting Mike Clevinger. He was acquired by the San Diego Padres early in the day in a nine-player deal. He would have certainly looked nice behind Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel but instead, he goes to the Padres where he will probably be their ace. One thing the White Sox can be happy about here is the fact that the Cleveland Indians, who are tied with the Sox for first place, got worse today.
The Padres were the big winners of the deadline by retooling a lot of the depth on the team. They didn’t give up any of their top trade capital either to do so. They are a threat in the National League for sure. The Chicago Cubs added some players to try and boost their chances with players like Cameron Maybin, Josh Osich, and Andrew Chafin.
The National League is starting to look pretty good at the top led by the Los Angeles Dodgers. They were one of the teams in the mix, along with the White Sox, for Lance Lynn. Nobody got him or Joey Gallo as the Texas Rangers decided to keep them both. That was a bummer for fans of both teams but the price was reportedly way to high. If that is true, you have to be happy that the White Sox didn’t overpay for them.
Trevor Bauer was a big name that was in the rumors to be moved. The Cincinnati Reds are one of baseball’s most disappointing teams at this point but they believe they still have a chance to make it. They kept Bauer and did some adding instead of subtracting. They added another good pitcher in Archie Bradley and an outfielder in Brian Goodwin. At 15-19, they still have a realistic chance to make it as a Wild Card team, and adding these guys might help them have a better chance.
The Toronto Blue Jays also had a good day. With the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees at the top of the division, it is clear that they needed to add some more if they wanted a chance at making it to the playoffs. They added Jonathan Villar and Robbie Ray on deadline day after making a couple of trades in the week leading up to the deadline. They were one of the surprise teams to be efficient today but it is good for their chances at making the playoffs.
A lot of teams added around the White Sox but the division rivals pretty much stood pat or made themselves worse. The Detroit Tigers, as mentioned before, sent Maybin to the Cubs which should make them slightly worse. The White Sox didn’t move any of their top prospects for rentals in this weird year which is a big win as far as I’m concerned. Now it is time to go to Minnesota and try and bury the Twins in the standings.