1 player from each NL Central team for the White Sox to trade for
The Milwaukee Brewers and White Sox could probably make a swap this year.
Like the White Sox, the Milwaukee Brewers are in contention mode. The Brewers lacked power in 2021 and the White Sox need a right fielder.
Perhaps the White Sox could entice the Brewers with Gavin Sheets for Lorenzo Cain. This could benefit both teams. The White Sox already has plenty of pop with Eloy Jimenez, Yasmani Grandal, Jose Abreu, and Luis Robert. They need an everyday right fielder. The Brewers need guys that hit the ball out of the ballpark.
Cain is a former Gold-Glove winner and two-time All-Star with championship pedigree. He won the World Series with the Royals in 2015 and took home the ALDS MVP.
Cain has an excellent range, which could help the White Sox make up for Eloy Jimenz’s defensive deficiencies. He led the American League in range factor in 2017 and 2015. In 2019, Cain had the highest fielding percentage amongst all National League center fielders.
While he is up there in age he is still able to steal bases. He stole 13 in 2021, 18 in 2019, and 30 in 2018. The White Sox could use more speed on the basepaths.
Offensively, his numbers have dipped but he is still sufficient. He hit .257 in 2021 but has hit .300 or better six times during his career.
It would be a risky move for the White Sox because Cain is already 35 years old and one the final year of his contract. However, if Cain is healthy it could be a gamble worth taking.