The Chicago White Sox are in such a good spot as an organization. They have one of the best starting lineups in all of Major League Baseball and there is a chance that it gets even more dangerous before the start of Spring Training. The starting rotation is very good and the bullpen was just given a major boost in Liam Hendriks. If everyone carries their weight and performs their role to the best of their ability, the White Sox will be a fantastic team.
Unfortunately, the chances of a Red Line World Series decrease with every passing day because the Chicago Cubs have been selling all winter. They won the division in 2020 but were awful in the playoffs against the Miami Marlins. Position players like Kyle Schwarber and Victor Caratini are gone which makes their lineup depth worse.
They also no longer have four of their top five starters from a year ago as Yu Darvish, Jon Lester, Jose Quintana, and Tyler Chatwood are all gone. Kyle Hendricks is the only pitcher left from their run of dominance. If he is lucky, they might consider moving him for future assets as well. We don’t know their direction for sure but it sure seems like they are selling.
The Chicago White Sox would be the perfect new home for Kyle Hendricks.
If the Cubs did in fact move Hendricks, they could probably get a nice haul from a team like the Chicago White Sox. There are a lot of great players that the White Sox could offer up for him which makes it a fair trade partner. The Cubs would probably want a lot and it makes sense because of his production and the contract he is on.
The White Sox would love to have him because of the fact that he would fit in with their rotation so nicely. He would join a group that has Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, and Dallas Keuchel ready to go with guys like Dylan Cease and Michael Kopech ready to take the next step. If they aren’t a World Series contender already (they are), adding Kyle Hendricks would put them over the edge. These are three trade packages that might get it done: