The Chicago White Sox would be really smart to add another reliever if they can get a good one at the right price. Well, Craig Kimbrel of the Chicago Cubs is someone that is out there right now. The Cubs believe they can get a lot for him but if the White Sox can snag him in a fair deal, they should consider it. He would come to this bullpen and bolster it to World Series level good (if it isn’t already).
The Cubs and the White Sox have already made a trade so far this week. The White Sox send prospect Bailey Horn to the Cubs in exchange for Ryan Tepera. It is a really good trade for the White Sox as they now have a really good setup man in the mix. Along with Michael Kopech, Tepera should have no problem getting the ball to Liam Hendriks if the White Sox make it to the 7th inning with a lead.
Now, with Aaron Bummer, Garrett Crochet, and Codi Heuer in the mix as well, if you add Kimbrel to that group you would have to like their chances of making a deep run. We all have seen how offense dries up in the postseason and those teams with the best pitching usually reign supreme. The White Sox may have that now and would solidify it with Kimbrel.
David Kaplan of ESPN 1000 and NBC Sports Chicago is as connected to the Cubs as anyone in the business. He reported on Twitter that the White Sox and Cubs are in communication in regards to Kimbrel. He also mentioned that the price is steep which makes sense. We always figured that Kimbrel would be the most expensive moving piece on the Cubs roster.
The Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs are discussing a Craig Kimbrel trade.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network is also a well-respected MLB insider. He quote tweeted Kap’s report and made it known that lots of other teams are in on Kimbrel. The Cubs just might give him to whatever team offers them the most. Nobody would blame them for doing that either. The fact that the White Sox are in on him just tells you how serious they are about winning this year and for many years to come.
The Chicago White Sox organization is in a good spot. If they land Kimbrel they will be in a very good spot. If they don’t they still have what it takes to make a deep run in the postseason. There are a lot of things to be done before the deadline comes at 3 PM central.