Chicago White Sox: Three trade packages for Josh Hader

Vincent Parise
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 24: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park on August 24, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 24: Josh Hader #71 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches in the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park on August 24, 2020 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox Michael Kopech
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Trade Two

This trade would be a lot more of a blockbuster. This might be more of the type of trade that Milwaukee requires to let Hader go. Some White Sox fans might not want to pay that much for a reliever, even one as good as Josh Hader. With that said, you might not be able to pry him from the Brewers if you are unable to part with a lot of trade capital. A trade like this one would certainly fit that bill.

The obvious center of the package as far as the White Sox are concerned is Michael Kopech. He has been one of the top prospects in the organization since day one of the rebuild processes as he came over in the Chris Sale trade. He throws the ball very hard and gets incredible movement on it. The knock against him right now is that he hasn’t pitched since 2018. He had Tommy John surgery at the end of that season and it ended his 2019 season and he has opted out of the 2020 season.

If the Brewers were able to get their hands on Kopech, he would be a part of their rotation as soon as next season. Adding Adam Engel would be really nice for their defensive depth as well. If they had Engel to back up right-fielder for Christian Yelich in 2019, they probably would have beaten the eventual World Series Champion Washington Nationals in the Wild Card Game because he wouldn’t have made the game losing error in right.

This is a trade that might make White Sox fans angry but Hader is a really good pitcher. I, personally, am not trading for Kopech at any point this season unless it is for an elite starting pitcher that is locked up long term but the Brewers might really want him in a Hader deal.

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