The Chicago White Sox need to right one of the worst trades they ever made.
In 2014, the Chicago White Sox traded Chris Bassitt and Marcus Semien amongst a couple of other players to the Oakland A’s in exchange for Jeff Samardzija and Michael Ynoa. It was a disaster of a trade as Semien is a perennial MVP contender and Bassitt is one of the best pitchers in the American League.
Well, Semien signed a big free agent ticket with the Texas Rangers before the lockout ended so he is away from the White Sox forever. However, Bassitt is someone that the White Sox can pry away from the A’s for the right price. He would totally be worth acquiring if the A’s were willing to deal him as we think they will be.
Bassitt came in 10th for the American League Cy Young in 2021 and 8th in 2020. He is literally one of the best pitchers in the league and would fit in well on this White Sox team. With Lance Lynn, Dylan Cease, Lucas Giolito, and the potential of Michael Kopech, that rotation could be the best in the league.
This trade would feel good for a few different reasons. For one, the White Sox would be adding an elite pitcher that they desperately need. The other reason is that they would be somewhat fixing a horrible trade that they made while they were trying (and failing) to win in 2014.
The A’s are probably going to sell off a lot of these guys in the coming months or even days but that doesn’t mean that the White Sox will be involved. However, they probably should be based on some of the names that are available.