Chicago White Sox: 3 monster trades for Craig Kimbrel

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Two AAA players might be enough to land the Chicago White Sox Craig Kimbrel.

The Chicago Cubs may very well enter rebuild mode. They already sent Joc Pederson to the Atlanta Braves in a trade which tells you a lot. What they do with Bryant, Rizzo, Baez, Contreras, and Kimbrel will tell even more about their future. If they do move on from all or most of those guys, adding help in AAA would be a great first step. Kimbrel probably nets the least of those guys which would be a good thing for the White Sox here.

Luis Gonzalez and Jimmy Lambert are both playing for the Charlotte Knights right now and could be in the MLB at any time. Neither of them is going to make a significant impact at the MLB level right now but they could be used if needed. The Cubs would just be adding them so that they have more players in the system ready to develop more.

Lambert is a right-handed pitcher that has dreams of pitching in the Majors full time one day. He has appeared in four MLB games so far in his life and they didn’t go very well for him. That is expected though as he is a very young/raw talent. Gonzalez is an outfielder that also has some MLB playing time but nothing of significance yet.

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The White Sox may or may not make a big trade before the trade deadline but it sure sounds like they are going to. Getting another reliever for late in certain games is probably the second biggest need behind an everyday second baseman. If they get both of those things and get healthy, every team in the American League should be scared of them.