A Major League Baseball team changes at least a little bit from year to year. The 93-69 Chicago White Sox have some few changes that were made and they still have a few things to address throughout the 2022 season. One of the biggest areas is the starting rotation.
Carlos Rodon has moved on to the San Francisco Giants. After being a top-five American League pitcher in 2021, they let him walk for nothing. It wasn’t the brightest move after the two parties stayed loyal to each other through thick and thin up to that point.
In his place is going to be Michael Kopech. He is one of the most talented pitchers the White Sox have ever had at a young age but he needs to prove himself. His arm talent should help get it done but that doesn’t fix the back end of the rotation in full anyway.
Dallas Keuchel had a miserable 2021 season. Things did not go his way and it is hard to think of him as a trusted starter going into 2022. He is going to try and prove everyone wrong but until he does, it is fair to doubt him. Reynaldo Lopez and Vince Velasquez are also options but they don’t instill the most confidence either.
The Chicago White Sox could really use one more starter for thier rotation.
The Chicago White Sox would have loved to add a starter like Sean Manaea from the Oakland A’s but he is off the table now. Oakland traded him to the San Diego Padres. However, Manaea wasn’t the only starter to acquire from the A’s.
Frankie Montas is someone to consider if the White Sox does want to add one more starter. He used to be with the Chicago White Sox before they traded him over to the A’s in the three-team trade that landed the White Sox Todd Frazier. If they want Montas back, one of these three deals might get it done: