A lot of people want the Chicago White Sox to go after a big-time bat on the trade market. Someone who may become available over the next few weeks is Kyle Schwarber. For one, the White Sox need a big-time left-handed bat the most if they had to choose the handedness. They also need some help in the outfield. They would get both of those things in the form of Kyle Schwarber.
If the Washington Nationals made him available, the White Sox would be smart to go after him. He would fit right in playing right field. He could even play left if Andrew Vaughn was willing to play right. The designated hitter role would also see an improvement over Yermin Mercedes if Kyle Schwarber took on that role. Either way, he would make a great addition to this team.
The Chicago White Sox could absolutely consider Kyle Schwarber via trade.
The Nationals are all of a sudden 36-36. They are 9-1 in their last ten so being sellers isn’t a lock like it felt a week or two ago. They deserve credit for the way that they have played. If they aren’t sellers at the trade deadline, all power to them. If they are, the White Sox should be on the phone.
Schwarber is a big reason why they are 9-1 in their last ten games. He hit two home runs in last night’s win over the Miami Marlins. Each home run came in the first two innings to get the Nats off and running. He is now up to a .245 batting average and .874 OPS.
Schwarber’s two home runs gave him 8 in a five-game span. That, according to MLB Stats, is the 2nd most in a five-game span in the history of the sport. Shawn Green had nine in 2002. It is a really impressive run for Schwarber as he has been loving the leadoff spot in the Nationals order. He has 12 home runs since he has become the leadoff man in mid-June. It is a really impressive run.
The White Sox are missing their top four outfielders in Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert, Adam Eaton, and Adam Engel. Guys like Leury Garcia, Luis Gonzalez, Billy Hamilton, and Bryan Goodwin have gotten steady playing time out there. They even turned Andrew Vaughn, an infielder, into an outfielder. All of this has mostly worked so far this season but it would be nice to see them add someone like Schwarber.
It is unclear what a trade like that would cost the acquiring team because Schwarber is really hot right now. He obviously isn’t going to have 70 home runs or anything like that but he would provide another steady power bat in the middle of the order. He would look really nice as a DH in a healthy White Sox lineup preparing for the playoffs.