The Chicago White Sox could use another pitcher in the rotation. They have studs like Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, and Dylan Cease who were all magnificent in 2021. Carlos Rodon is more than likely gone via free agency but Michael Kopech will be moving to the rotation from the bullpen. It is unclear if Dallas Keuchel or Reynaldo Lopez will be starters as there is the fifth spot.
However, there are options for the future of the rotation. Tyler Glasnow is someone who would make a good fit in the White Sox rotation once he is healthy. He had himself some Tommy John surgery after sustaining an elbow injury early in the year.
He hurt his elbow during a start at Guaranteed Rate Field against the Chicago White Sox. It was his first start after the substance ban was implemented in Major League Baseball. Glasnow is a firm believer that is the reason that his elbow was hurt the way that it was.
Now, he is going to be out for a long time which is why the White Sox should trade for him. He probably wouldn’t cost as much because he is injured and going to be out for a while but it won’t necessarily be cheap either. As mentioned before, his injury will make it where he doesn’t help the team for most of 2022 but beyond that could see him being very productive.
Tyler Glasnow would look amazing pitching in a Chicago White Sox uniform.
Before his injury happened, he was one of the very best pitchers in the American League. In 88.0 innings over 14 games, Glasnow had a record of 5-2 with an ERA of 2.66 and a WHIP of 0.932. He also had a remarkable 123 strikeouts in those 88.0 innings which is truly remarkable. That ERA combined with that strikeout count just shows how dominant he is.
He ended his season with a 2.3 WAR with about 18 more starts to make on a first-place Tampa Bay Rays team. A Cy Young was in his reach and the injury really took him out of it. It was tough to watch but it is clear that he is one of the best pitchers going right now.
If the Rays decide to trade him instead of paying him a lot of money with injury risks, the White Sox should be all in. He is going to be as good as new when he returns from his Tommy John. White Sox fans have seen firsthand how well this surgery works in modern times.
There would be no debate on who the game one starter is if Glasnow came to town. If the Rays made him available, the White Sox should be amongst 29 other teams to inquire. He would make that rotation even better than it is already going to be.