Chicago White Sox: Three players to consider trading before season

Vincent Parise
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Adam Engel #15 of the Chicago White Sox is congratulated by Leury García #28 after he hit a home run off of Jesus Luzardo #44 of the Oakland Athletics in the second inning of game one of their wild card series at RingCentral Coliseum on September 29, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 29: Adam Engel #15 of the Chicago White Sox is congratulated by Leury García #28 after he hit a home run off of Jesus Luzardo #44 of the Oakland Athletics in the second inning of game one of their wild card series at RingCentral Coliseum on September 29, 2020 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox pretty much have their outfield set for 2021. Eloy Jimenez is going to be the left fielder, Luis Robert is going to be the center fielder, and Adam Eaton is going to be the right fielder. That leaves little room for Adam Engel to play on a regular basis. He will certainly see time at all three positions on off days for starters and as a late-inning defensive replacement. He is a really good player to have on the bench but they could use him for trade if a good one presents itself.

There are plenty of teams out there that would love to have a player like Engel. He is elite defensively and can hit well from time to time. He may end up even being a better option in right-field than Eaton but it looks like he is the odd man out as of now. Jimenez and Robert are going to be locked into their positions for the next decade or more so the room out there is not plentiful.

In 2020, Engel slashed .295/.333/.477 with an OPS of .811. He hit three home runs, had 12 RBIs, and crossed home plate 11 times. Those are great numbers for a guy who had limited playing time and was mainly in there for his defensive prowess. He is one of the best defenders in the organization. A team that needs a player like this might be interested in him and give the White Sox something they need more in return.

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