Chicago White Sox: 1 Seattle Mariner should just stay in town

Vincent Parise
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JUNE 19: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walk-off single to win the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at T-Mobile Park on June 19, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners beat the Rays 6-5 in extra innings. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - JUNE 19: Mitch Haniger #17 of the Seattle Mariners is mobbed by teammates after hitting a walk-off single to win the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at T-Mobile Park on June 19, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners beat the Rays 6-5 in extra innings. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images) /
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The Chicago White Sox are about to start a very important series with the Seattle Mariners. It is important because they need to get back in the win column and stay there for a while. The Mariners are a “middle of the pack” type team right now. They are probably going to cool off at some point but so far, they haven’t been as bad as we thought they’d be. It would be nice to see the White Sox welcome fans back at 100 percent capacity with a series win.

The Chicago White Sox could make a play for a Seattle Mariners player.

The White Sox are going to be buyers at this year’s trade deadline. The Mariners, in all likelihood, are going to be sellers. There is one player that they have that would fit an immediate need on the White Sox right now and that is Mitch Haniger. He is a great player that plays right field which is one of the main positions of need for the Sox right now.

Haniger is a pretty good power hitter as well. His slash line is .246/.294/.479 for an OPS of .772. It isn’t a miraculous slash line or anything like that but it would be a significant upgrade over what they have right now. Haniger also has 16 home runs, 41 RBIs, and 45 runs scored so he is clearly doing something right.

The White Sox top-four outfielders in Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Adam Engel, and Adam Eaton are all out right now. We don’t know for sure when any of them are coming back so some outfield help would be much appreciated. With the Mariners in town, White Sox fans will be able to get a good look at Haniger. We can only hope that White Sox’s pitching shuts him down for a series but we know that he is a very good player.

It would be really funny to see Rick Hahn pull the trigger on a trade like that while he is in town. Haniger would really help the White Sox improve their offense while it is waiting to get healthy. Once they are healthy, he would still be one of the three best outfielders on the team.

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If their offensive outfield included Jimenez, Robert, and Haniger, that would mean that they are a good second baseman (Nick Madrigal is out for the year) away from being nine deep. Hopefully, at some point or another, the White Sox are able to make a big splash like this. It would just be cool to see Haniger stay in Chicago after coming here with the Mariners.

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