The Chicago White Sox might need to give up a good player to land Sean Manaea.
Sean Manaea would fit in so perfectly in the Chicago White Sox rotation. At the start, he would probably slip in as the number four which would take so much pressure off some of the other players that are there at the bottom of the rotation.
If Cease and Kopech had good years with Manaea in the mix, it could be a team loaded with ace-level talent on the staff. That would really help them in their quest to win the division and make a deep run in the postseason.
Sometimes you need to give up some nice players in order to get a pitcher like that. Gavin Sheets are exactly that for the Chicago White Sox right now. They are each at different points in their careers but could each be a part of the solution in Oakland.
Sheets is a power-hitting lefty that made his MLB debut in 2021 out of nowhere. He is, if not moved, going to have a pretty big role with the White Sox in 2022. Knowing that fact, the A’s should really see him as an attractive piece.
For Kelley, he is a top White Sox pitching prospect that is going to take some time which is perfect for what Oakland is trying to do. He could turn into a really good pitcher one day with that stuff but where will the White Sox be when it does happen?