Chicago White Sox: Three Chicago Cubs to add via trade

Vincent Parise
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 12: Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubs steals second base past Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox in the second inning at Wrigley Field on May 12, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - MAY 12: Javier Baez #9 of the Chicago Cubs steals second base past Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox in the second inning at Wrigley Field on May 12, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox Yu Darvish
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The Chicago White Sox need another starting pitcher. They might have defeated the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the 2020 playoffs if they had just one more guy to rely on as a starter. Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel were great all year long but the writing was on the wall that they could use one more starter and they didn’t do it. They should make a play for Yu Darvish to fill that spot in the short term.

Guys like Dylan Cease, Garrett Crochet, and Michael Kopech might be great for that role down the line but they could use a veteran now. Darvish would probably come in and be that guy right away. It is fair to assume that he would slot in as the number two behind Lucas Giolito. He is a little better at this point than Keuchel but not as good as Giolito. In the National League, Darvish finished 2020 as the second-place finisher of the Cy Young Award.

Darvish had a great year and should be able to keep it going for a few more years. He is 34 years old so he isn’t necessarily a long-term solution but he should have plenty of good stuff left in the tank. If the White Sox wanted to add a veteran pitcher with a lot of great playoff experience on his resume, Darvish would be a great option. At his age with his contract, he might not cost as much on the trade market either. It is definitely an avenue for both teams to consider.

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