Ketel Marte would be a fantastic addition to the Chicago White Sox for 2022.
One of the most realistic options for the White Sox this offseason to address their issues at second base is Arizona Diamondbacks star outfielder and second baseman, Ketel Marte.
Marte is an excellent player who knows how to make contact and get on base. Marte slashed .318/.377/.532 in 2021, driving in 50 runs while hitting 14 home runs.
Marte is also a switch hitter, allowing the White Sox to add versatility to their primarily right-handed lineup.
Marte has been in trade talks over the last couple of seasons and Arizona will most likely search for somewhat of a large haul in return due to his team-friendly contract. He is owed $8 million in 2022 and then has club options for 2023 and 2024 that will pay him $10 million and $12 million in those years.
A package that might be able to get the job done for the White Sox in this trade may look like this:
3B Jake Burger, OF Micker Adolfo, and RHP Jonathan Stiever for 2B/OF Ketel Marte.
Jake Burger is the best fit at third base and with Yoan Moncada as the man holding down the hot corner for the White Sox, he will likely be expendable in the right deal.
Micker Adolfo is a player who has not been able to stay healthy and put things together during his time in the minor leagues. He was signed in 2013 and is the White Sox’s 11th best prospect, but it’s unlikely we’ll see him move up to the majors next year, especially with the quick ascension of OF prospect Yoelqui Cespedes.
He provides solid defense, solid speed, and raw power and isn’t far away from making it to the majors and that could help push Arizona over the edge in a potential deal.
Jonathan Stiever, the White Sox fifth-round pick in 2018, has the potential to be a mid-rotation starter. As Arizona looks to get out of their rebuilding phase sooner rather than later, throwing a player with mid-rotation arm potential and a solid pitch mix can help the White Sox close this deal and make both sides happy.