The Chicago White Sox already announced Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease, and Michael Kopech as their top three starters to begin the 2022 season. It is a really nice trio to begin the year but they are noticeable missing Lance Lynn who is out until mid-May with an injury.
Lynn will be back and when he is back, the White Sox rotation will be solid. Even before the injury to Lynn, however, the White Sox needed to add another starter. Carlos Rodon left in free agency which wasn’t ideal and Kopech is probably on an inning limit as he works back to being a full-time starter.
A trade for another starter would be an investment worth making for more than one reason. With the previously mentioned injury to Lynn along with the Kopech innings limit, they won’t have Garrett Crochet either.
If there was someone in the bullpen who could make a few spot starts, it would be Crochet but he is not there for the rest of the year. He is probably going to have Tommy John surgery which will take him out until 2023.
The Chicago White Sox need another starter to help out their rotation in 2022.
Dallas Keuchel, Vince Velasquez, and Reynaldo Lopez are also there to make starts but none of them are guys that give off a lot of confidence. Adding one more option is something that the White Sox should seriously consider.
They won’t be trading for Sean Manaea anymore because the San Diego Padres landed him from the Oakland A’s last week. Now, the White Sox are going to have to look at other pitchers but that doesn’t mean this trade can’t help them.
Now that the Padres have Manaea in the mix, they are continuing their search for a trade involving starter Chris Paddack. He is someone that the White Sox could consider via trade if the price is right. He won’t be too expensive and is worth the slight risk.
The reason that it is a risk is that he wasn’t very good in 2021. His bad play on the mound was one of the main reasons that the Padres were probably the biggest disappointment last year. As a result, part of their shakeup could be moving on from him.
Before his bad 2021 season, he had a pretty solid start to his MLB career in 2019 and 2020. He may or may not get back to that but the White Sox could consider the risk based on their current situation. At 26 years old, there is a lot that Ethan Katz can do for Paddack and his development. It is something serious for Rick Hahn to consider.