The Chicago White Sox needs one more starting pitcher. Michael Kopech is transitioning but his innings will be limited. Dallas Keuchel and Reynaldo Lopez will get their chance but we don’t know how reliable they will be. That leaves Lucas Giolito, Lance Lynn, and Dylan Cease as the only locks for the rotation.
As a result, going for one more full-time starter is a great idea for Rick Hahn and his squad. There are a lot of options out there but the Oakland A’s have two really good ones as they are selling off all their good players.
Oakland already traded Matt Olson and Chris Bassitt. A star like Matt Chapman might be next which would really be crazy but the White Sox need pitchers from them. Sean Manaea and Frankie Montas are the two guys that they should be targeting.
Along with Bassitt, those three were one of the best starting trios in the American League for 2020. It was very difficult to play against them when you had those guys starting in three out of five games. Their offense didn’t perform well enough to win an extra six or seven games to get into the playoffs but it was no fault of these guys.
The Chicago White Sox should strongly consider Sean Manaea or Franky Montas.
The White Sox adding one or both of them would do two things. It would increase their chances of going deep into the postseason because they have good pitching which is the main thing. It would also keep the division rival Minnesota Twins (or any of the other ones) from getting them.
The Twins and White Sox were named as two teams looking at these two via trade. If that is the case, the Sox need to do whatever they can to get it done. Letting the Twins back into the division race needs to be a non-option for the White Sox.
If they can land one of these two studs, they would have one of the best rotations in the American League. We know what Giolito, Lynn, Cease, and Kopech can do so adding more of that would go a long way. This could be the final move they need for that deep October run. It is time to go for it.