All signs are pointing to Spring Training being delayed. Meanwhile hopes that the regular season will start on time are also dwindling. Chicago White Sox fans are left to sit idly by to wait and see if Rick Hahn will make any upgrades once the lockout ends.
Once the work stoppage ends the best way for Hahn to address these needs may be via the trade market. In honor of the Super Bowl, we will visit the West Coast and see what trades the White Sox could potentially make in the National League West.
The National League West is one of the toughest divisions in baseball. It has three teams that can be viewed as serious World Series contenders in the Dodgers, Giants, and Padres. All three teams could use a high-profile reliever like Craig Kimbrel.
The Chicago White Sox and the NL West teams mostly make sense for a trade.
The Dodgers seem to be the perennial favorites in the National League. They won the World Series in 2020 and fell just short in the NLCS in 2021.
The Giants were one of baseball’s biggest surprises in 2021. They owned the best record in baseball with a 107-55 mark. They will be looking to build off of that in 2022.
The Padres drastically underperformed last season, finishing with a mediocre 79-83 record. With newly appointed manager Bob Melvin at the helm and a star-studded cast that includes Frenando Tatis Jr., Manny Machado, Yu Darvish, and Blake Snell, the Padres are looking to right the ship.
Meanwhile, the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks are looking to rebuild and will be selling off their assets. This makes the National League West a good division to test the trade market in for some potential upgrades. With that in mind, here is one trade the White Sox could make with each team in the National League West: