The White Sox Stand Pat
The Chicago White Sox might consider doing absolutely nothing before the deadline.
Despite the buzz surrounding Eduardo Escobar and Adam Frazier, the White Sox will not make a trade before the deadline. With Eloy Jimenez, Luis Robert and Yasmani Grandal set to return before the end of the season, the White Sox will feel like they have all the reinforcements they need.
This team has already proven that they are contenders despite not being 100 percent healthy yet. With Robert, Grandal, and Jimenez, the offense will be lethal. The front office would also be able to keep their farm system strong and not worry about giving up assets. Depending on how you view the front office, maybe this isn’t so bold. Many fans have criticized them for being cheap and unwilling to make moves.
However, this assessment has been incorrect. Rick Hahn has often been aggressive when trying to get the White Sox in contention. In 2014 he traded for Jeff Samardzija. Hahn also signed Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche. The following season he traded for Todd Frazier.
During the 2016 season, he tried to bolster the rotation by acquiring James Shields before the trade deadline. When the team is in contention Rick Hahn is usually aggressive in trying to improve the team. This time, with help already on the way, why waste valuable assets for a rental player?
Trevor Story will need to transition to second base which might make him uncomfortable. Joey Gallo is a nice player but the White Sox already have plenty of outfield depth when healthy. Kris Bryant and Craig Kimbrel are going to be too expensive and the Pirates will want too much for Adam Frazier. Rick Hahn is a smart GM and will only make a deal if the juice is worth the squeeze.