Chicago White Sox: The Michael Kopech trade talk needs to stop

CHICAGO - APRIL 11: Michael Kopech #34 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Kansas City Royals on April 11, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - APRIL 11: Michael Kopech #34 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Kansas City Royals on April 11, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /
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Of course, lots of chatter online and on the radio locally revolved around Chicago White Sox outfielder Luis Robert. A day after they announced that he is going to be out for a while, the analysis of how that affects the team is out there and most of it is right on. There are also people out there who believe that they need to make a trade to acquire some outfield help. That is a good take as well but they should not trade Michael Kopech for help under any circumstances.

The most notable place that this was brought up came on a few different radio shows on ESPN 1000. Those guys are amazing and do great work but anyone who thinks that the White Sox should trade Kopech hasn’t watched him pitch.

That is the type of guy that you don’t trade for pretty much anyone. He has a 300 million dollar arm that has the potential to be the best pitcher in the league. His stuff is so good and way more valuable than an outfielder to replace Robert for a few months.

The Chicago White Sox need to never trade Michael Kopech for any reason.

A lot of the talk revolved around Kris Bryant. The Chicago Cubs may or may not trade him and the White Sox would be a perfect candidate for his services this year. However, some people overvalue him by a lot. He is having a good year but he doesn’t command the return that some people make it seem. He isn’t going to land the Cubs a prospect like Kopech when he only has the rest of this season left on his contract.

There are plenty of other players in the White Sox system that are great. Other teams would surely like a lot of those guys but Kopech is different. He is someone that you don’t trade no matter what. If he reaches his potential with another team, the White Sox would look as bad as the Chicago Bears do for their misfortunes in the 2017 NFL Draft.

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The only reason the Boston Red Sox doesn’t look terrible is that Chris Sale was a huge piece to their 2018 World Series-winning team. No matter what, Kopech needs to spend his entire prime on the south side of Chicago.