Chicago White Sox: 1 trade to make and 1 to avoid

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Chicago White Sox, Joey Gallo
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The Chicago White Sox have to be smart if they are going to make a big trade.

Trade To Avoid: Joey Gallo

Joey Gallo is an excellent player. He is having a monster season in 2021 as well. Gallo has launched 24 home runs with 52 RBIs so far this year. He also has a cannon for an arm. His bat in the White Sox lineup would do damage with all that protection surrounding him. However, the juice is not worth the squeeze.

While all of that sounds great the White Sox will have to overpay to acquire him. For starters, Gallo is making $6.2 million this season. The Rangers would like to trade him in an effort to shed payroll. However, Gallo is arbitration-eligible for one more year meaning they don’t need to rush to trade him.

They could wait until the offseason which only increases their leverage. The price for Gallo will be high. The White Sox would have to give up a player such as Jared Kelly, the number one prospect in their farm system. It’s possible they would even have to throw in a player like Gavin Sheets in that deal.

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The White Sox already have a gold-glove outfielder in Luis Robert, who is set to return in the second half. They also have a power bat in Eloy Jimenez waiting in the wings. Mixing them with Andrew Vaughn, Adam Engel, and Brian Goodwin, the White Sox do not need to add another outfielder to the mix. Why waste valuable prospects when there are other more pressing needs? Overpaying for someone they do not need is something the White Sox absolutely needs to avoid.