Frankie Montas would be a great addition to the Chicago White Sox rotation.
For the same reasons mentioned above Jake Burger seems like a logical piece to throw into a deal. The Athletics are on the verge of trading Matt Chapman and already lost Josh Harrison in free agency. Burger is MLB ready and can play second base or third.
Jared Kelly and Norge Vera are two other names that could be included. Montas isn’t a free agent until 2024 but is arbitration-eligible in 2023. He is set to make $5,200,000 next season and could be in for a pay raise if he performs well. That would be a price the White Sox would be happy to pay if it results in Montas helping them capture a pennant.
Because of his extra year of control, his price is slightly higher than Manaea’s. Kelly is a 20-year-old right-hander with a very lively arm. His numbers were ugly during his first professional season but his raw talent is undeniable.
He dominated in high school and was arguably the best high school pitcher in the country. He was named Gatorade’s National Player of the Year, after striking out 34 batters in 12 innings without surrendering a hit in during the spring of 2020. His fastball sits around 96 mph but he has been clocked at 98.
Norge Vera was just signed by the White Sox in February His father, Norge Luis Vera, was a decorated international pitcher who has a gold medal and two silvers in three Olympic appearances.
Vera seems to have inherited his father’s talent. The 21-year-old was considered the top pitcher in the international class in 2020-21. At 6 foot 4, he has all the tools to be an. an imposing figure in the mound.
His fastball sits around 94 mph. Scouts consider his curveball as his best-offspeed pitch. It has solid movement and serves as a nice change of pace at 70 mph. However, his low-80s slider is also very polished. He needs a lot more seasoning in the minors before being major league ready but he has a tantalizing arm that should be attractive to multiple teams.