1 player from each AL West team for the White Sox to trade for
The Chicago White Sox have had their eye on a few different Seattle Mariners.
The Seattle Mainers have good depth in the outfield and are looking to add more in the form of Kris Bryant. Paul Sewald has launched a full-blown recruiting campaign. To acquire him the Mariners are going to need to dig deep into their pockets and pull out a big check.
Top prospect, Julio Rodriguez is knocking on the door of the big leagues. Many have Rodriguez listed as one of the game’s top ten prospects including MLB.com and Baseball America.
Seattle also has Jarred Kelenic, who got his feet wet in the big leagues last season. He struggled last season but finished his rookie campaign strong and is looking to build off of it in 2022. Meanwhile, the Mariners also have Kyle Lewis, who was named 2020 Rookie of the Year over Luis Robert as well as depth pieces in the form of Jake Fraley and Dylan Moore.
All of these factors make right fielder, Mitch Haniger a viable trade option for the White Sox. Haniger is coming off an excellent season. The 31-year old belted a career-high 39 home runs. He also drove in 100 RBIs and had a .803 OPS.
Most encouraging was that he was healthy for the full season. Haniger had a career-high 691 plate appearances. He has been injury-prone over the past couple of seasons, undergoing four surgeries.
Haniger is set to become a free agent next season, and with the exciting prospects waiting in the wings and the possibility of adding Kris Bryant, there is no reason to resign him to a huge deal. After a career year, Haniger’s value is at an all-time high. The Mariners have shown no intention of extending him.
While it is easy to see Haniger returning to the middle of the Mariners lineup next season, the team would be wise to capitalize and get something in return for him before he likely departs in free agency after this season.
Haniger would be a great fit in the White Sox lineup. He is a right fielder with power that will play well in Guaranteed Rate Field. With extra lineup protection on the south side, he would be in line for another massive year if the White Sox could pull off a trade.