The Chicago White Sox could be looking at the free agency class or the trade market for a starting pitcher before the 2022 season gets underway. There are a lot of good options out there as they try to take that next step towards winning a World Series.
One of their options actually used to play for them and bring back bad memories. The White Sox traded Chris Bassitt to the Oakland A’s in a very ugly move that did not work out for them. There was a thought that they could bring him back as the A’s are having a firesale for a rebuild.
Unfortunately, his name has been taken off the table as the New York Mets acquired him via a trade. He is going to Queens where he will be a part of a very good pitching rotation that includes the likes of Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer.
This Mets team is unreal. Ever since they landed Steve Cohen as their new owner, they started to operate like the big market team that they are. It has been fun to see but it would be nice to see the White Sox do stuff to that level.
The Chicago White Sox will not be landing Chris Bassitt on the trade market.
Now that the White Sox won’t have Bassitt as an option. That doesn’t mean that the White Sox can’t look to the Oakland A’s for help. They still have plenty of other players that they are going to be selling off before the trade deadline this year. That list also includes some really good starting pitchers.
If the White Sox go out and do add another MLB level starter, their rotation will be one of the best in the league. Dallas Keuchel and Reynaldo Lopez could chip in starts but that new guy would join the likes of Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, and Michael Kopech.
The potential there is off the hook. There is a lot of offseason left so missing out of Bassitt isn’t the end of the line. It would have been nice to get him back but it isn’t going to happen right now. We can only hope that the White Sox do what they need to do in order to have enough pitching for 2022.