The Chicago White Sox needs to end up getting better than the Houston Astros.
The odds of these two teams engaging in any sort of trades during the next year are slim to none. They have no reason to. For starters, both teams are rivals in the American League. The Astros disposed of the White Sox in five games during the ALDS. The White Sox are trying to find a way to surpass them.
The White Sox’s biggest need is at second base. The Astros are not going to trade Jose Altuve. Neither team is going to want to strengthen the other.
Both teams are trying to add talent so prospects do neither team any good at this point. If a trade were to happen it would be for a small role player. The best candidate for this would be someone like Aledmys Díaz.
Díaz is the backup second baseman behind Jose Altuve. Last year he hit .259 with 8 home runs, 45 RBIs, and a .722 OPS. At the age of 31, he is not in the Astros’ long-term plans.
He is a lifetime .271 hitter so he has proven that he can put the ball in play. He only played in 84 games so the White Sox may roll the dice and allow him to become a full-time starter. However, the odds of this happening are extremely unlikely.