The Chicago White Sox and Oakland A’s can make a trade to bring a friend back.
The Oakland A’s are the most obvious trade partner for the Chicago White Sox. They are selling off all of their assets and the White Sox are trying to get over the top in the American League.
The name that jumps off the page is Matt Chapman. The 2019 All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner is one of the best third basemen in the American League. The A’s have made it known he is on the trade market.
However, with Yoan Moncada entrenched at third base, it is unlikely the White Sox shift him back to second, especially considering his best offensive seasons have come at third base.
The A’s have made Chris Bassitt available and the White Sox need starting pitching depth. Micheal Kopech has been moved into the starting rotation but he will likely be on an innings restriction. Dallas Keuchel has been extremely inconsistent and was not included on the playoff roster which would make Bassitt a good fit in Chicago.
Bassitt was drafted by the White Sox in 2011 in the 16th round of the MLB draft. He actually pitched six games for the White Sox in 2014 before he was traded in a trade for Jeff Samardzija. That was definitely a trade the White Sox would like to have back.
For his career, Bassitt owns a respectable 3.47 ERA in 555.2 innings of work. He also has 504 strikeouts and a 31-25 record.
Last season, he posted a 3.15 ERA in 157.1 innings. He racked up 159 strikeouts and had a 1.06 WHIP. He was named an American League All-Star for the first time in his career for his efforts. He was arguably the ace of the A’s staff last season.
Add him to a White Sox rotation where he would be the third starter and the White Sox will boast one of the scariest rotations in baseball.