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1 player from each NL West team for the White Sox to trade for

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 16: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres taps Mookier Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after tagging out on a double play during the first inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 16: Fernando Tatis Jr. #23 of the San Diego Padres taps Mookier Betts #50 of the Los Angeles Dodgers after tagging out on a double play during the first inning of a game at PETCO Park on April 16, 2021 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images) /
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San Francisco Giants

The Chicago White Sox and San Francisco Giants could really each use a trade.

The Giants had a very good bullpen in 2021. Tyler Roger and Jake McGee were both solid relievers. However, neither of them is the same caliber of closer as Craig Kimbrel. By adding Kimbrel the Giants would have lots of flexibility in the sixth, seventh, and eighth innings leading up to Kimbrel.

When playing a deep roster like the Dodgers, matchups will be crucial for the Giants in the National League pennant race. The Giants have a large sum of money coming off the books this winter so they have the room to take on Kimbrel’s $16 million contract.

The Giants have some good outfield depth in their organization. At the Major League level, they have Darin Ruf, LaMonte Wade Jr., Steven Duggar, Mike Yastrzemski, Austin Dean, and Austin Slater. If the White Sox want to continue adding to their farm system, which is currently ranked last in baseball, Hunter Bishop could be a target.

Bishop is an all-around athlete. He committed to play football at Washington then changed course and decided to go to Arizona State to play baseball. During his junior year with the Sun Devils, he rose up the draft board with a .342 batting average, .479 on-base percentage, and .748 slugging percentage. He also had 22 home runs and 12 stolen bases in just 57 games.

The Giants drafted him 10th overall in 2019 and he is currently the sixth-ranked prospect in their farm system according to MLB.com. He has a high strikeout rate at the professional level thus far but has a 26 percent walk rate, which makes the strikeouts easier to swallow. Unlike most power hitters, he has blazing speed. He has the chance to be a 30-30 player.

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