The Chicago White Sox suffered one significant hit in Eloy Jimenez. It hurt, but depth players stepped up. Then another significant blow to the lineup with Luis Robert but again the team held their own. With a few critical pieces lost, this White Sox team has a four-and-a-half-game lead atop the AL Central.
The Chicago White Sox have had some horrible injury luck in the year 2021.
However, tragedy strikes again and the two-strike anomaly that is Nick Madrigal suffered a hamstring injury. As a result, he is shelved right at an essential moment in his career, just like his fellow teammates. It is unfortunate but there is a silver lining. Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, and now Nick Madrigal are at least not alone in their long journey back to the south side.
Until Nicky Two Strikes is back and swinging again, Danny Mendick will take his spot in the field. Mendick is an okay option but he is not exactly as momentum-turning as Madrigal is and it is not even close. Though 27 games this season, Mendick has 11 hits with a slash of .200/.304/.309 and an OPS of .611. There are better second basemen out there who are playing better than Mendick, plain and simple.
The White Sox are in a position where their star second baseman will be out for at least two months and they need to address an issue via trade. Whether in the outfield or infield, the White Sox needs an upgrade and a trade can fix that. Madrigal will be missing during two critical months of the season. The White Sox needs a player having a better season than Mendick to fill the role. Here are four trade candidates who could fill in for Madrigal: