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

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Pittsburg Pirates

The Chicago White Sox and Pittsburgh Pirates would make great trade partners.

The Pirates have been having a yard sale for the past couple of seasons. After making the playoffs in 2015, they have traded away Gerrit Cole, Andrew McCutchen, Starling Marte, Charlie Morton, Tyler Glasnow, Neil Walker, Mark Melancon, Francisco Liriano, Daniel Hudson, Josh Bell, Joe Musgrove, Jameson Taillon, and Adam Frazier.

All talent has been sold off and the roster reduced to scraps. The fire sale will likely continue once the lockout ends.

On a contending team, you can never have enough pitching. Chris Stratton is a solid reliever on the Pirates that could be a great addition to the White Sox bullpen. If Ryan Tepera leaves in free agency then Stratton could be a viable replacement.

The right-hander has quietly been an effective weapon out of the Pirates bullpen over the past couple of seasons. In 2021, he posted a 3.63 ERA in 79.1 innings. He also logged eight saves. The previous year he owned a 3.90 mark and opponents hit just .224 off of him.

Stratton is 31-years old with two years of team control. A cellar dweller like the Pirates has no need for his services since he is not viewed as a key piece. He also won’t be too expensive to trade for since he is a middle reliever.

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