Chicago White Sox: 3 insane Craig Kimbrel trades with New York Mets

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The Chicago White Sox could consider a one-for-one Craig Kimbrel trade.

Although it could be a long shot, a deal that could make sense for both sides would be a trade for shortstop Ronny Mauricio. The White Sox could look to orchestrate a one-for-one trade and receive Mauricio in return for Craig Kimbrel and could pay a portion of Kimbrel’s salary to attempt to sway the Mets in this deal.

The Mets have made some additions in the outfield that will allow 2B/OF Jeff McNeil to remain at second base and put their recent acquisition of Eduardo Escobar back at his regular position at third base.

That leaves little room in the infield for Mauricio, especially during the 2022 season. His athleticism, defense, and plus-arm could play well at second base and allow him to be a plus defender on the opposite side of the bag. Mauricio is a 6’3″ switch hitter and is only 20 years old.

In 2021, he played 108 games between two levels. He struggled in his 100 games in A+ ball. In his eight games at the AA level, he played exceptionally well. He slashed .323/.364/.452 in AA ball, and a change of scenery could play well for him, especially with second base wide open for the White Sox. It may take a bit more to sway the Mets into this deal but both sides would be adding necessary pieces that could benefit them immediately in 2022.