The Chicago White Sox have some pitchers they can send in a big-time trade.
The Chicago Cubs have not been very good at developing pitching during the Theo Epstein/Jed Hoyer era. Kyle Hendricks was acquired as an MLB ready prospect, Jake Arrieta was a throw-in for trade with the Baltimore Orioles, Jon Lester and Yu Darvish were free-agent signings, and Jose Quintana was acquired in the infamous trade with the White Sox.
Well, the White Sox might be able to help them out by sending some more pitching prospects. In exchange for Byant, the Cubs might really be looking for that. Jonathan Stiever and Matthew Thompson are the White Sox number seven and eight prospects respectively. Getting two organizational top ten pitching prospects for Bryant would be a major win on their part.
Luis Gonzalez is an outfielder that would be a pretty nice “throw in” piece. He is currently the number 14 prospect in the White Sox system but there isn’t much potential for him to succeed in this organization. If he went to the Cubs, he might prove to be something.
The Bryant rumors have sort of cooled off for now but that is probably because the new season is about to get underway. If they are in a bad way by the trade deadline and he still isn’t extended, they are surely going to try and move him. If he was willing to play some outfield, the White Sox would love to have him.