Chicago White Sox: Grading every trade deadline week deal

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Chicago White Sox, Cesar Hernandez
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The Chicago White Sox made a big trade with a division rival on Thursday.

The Chicago White Sox and Cleveland Indians making a trade was not something anybody expected to see happen during trade deadline week. The White Sox have a solid lead over them for first place in the American League Central but it is still the top two teams in the division. Cleveland seems to be handing it over to the Sox as they just helped Chicago’s chances of beating them for the division crown.

The trade was a great one for the White Sox. They traded Konnor Pilkington to Cleveland in exchange for second baseman Cesar Hernandez. This is a need that the White Sox absolutely needed to address. When Nick Madrigal went down for the season, it was clear that they needed help at that position. Well, this is their help.

Danny Mendick and Leury Garcia are fine bench players that can play some solid second base but they shouldn’t be everyday starters on a World Series caliber team. Hernandez will now come in and assume that role for them. He hits well which is a key factor too.

His ability to strike for power and contact will make him a valuable piece in their batting order. He is also a Gold Glove-winning defensive second baseman as well which is really nice. The White Sox won’t regret this one at all.

Trade Grade: A