Jeff McNeil for Craig Kimbrel could land the White Sox a potential first baseman.
Craig Kimbrel is one of the greatest closers who ever lived. He wasn’t very good during his time with the White Sox but most rational thinkers can figure out why that was the case. If he went to the New York Mets and was given the closer role right away, he would have a chance to be really successful on a good team.
Landing Jeff McNeil is one thing, especially if he can reach his pre-2021 form. However, for a player of Kimbrel’s status, they should be able to get that extra prospect. Even if it isn’t a prospect as good as one of the first two trades here, they should still be able to get one. Someone to consider is JT Schwartz.
The Mets selected Schwartz with their fourth-round (111th overall) pick in the 2021 MLB Draft. He spent time at UCLA and the Mets liked him and signed him. He is a first baseman. According to his MLB dot come scouting, he is best known for his ability to hit for contact. Everything else is still a work in progress.
If the White Sox were able to get Jeff McNeil, who could really help them in their quest for a second baseman, they could move Kimbrel which seems to be their plan anyway. If they were able to get another prospect to go with him, it is absolutely something to consider.