Overpaying for Juan Soto would be a lot to ask of the Chicago White Sox in 2022.
The 2022 Chicago White Sox has been through a lot. They are at .500 going into a very important stretch of games where they are playing teams under .500. If they can win most of those games, they will be right there in the playoff mix.
Doing this in the middle of a division title race might not be the best idea but reloading for 2023 wouldn’t be the worst idea. Adding someone like Juan Soto in a deal like this certainly wouldn’t slow that process down as we already went over how good he actually is.
Sending away Eloy Jimenez, Lucas Giolito, Norge Vera, Jared KKkelly, and Jose Rodriguez is something to think about for both sides. Again, some might see it as too much for one player and others might see it as not enough because of Soto’s status.
Two very good players and three top-ten White Sox prospects is a great haul for a player who is leaving anyway. The problem is that other teams might have better packages to send them because their farm system is just in a different spot.
In the case of Giolito, being sent to the Nationals would actually be him going to the team that drafted him before trading him to the White Sox in the Adam Eaton deal. It would be tough to see them all go but it would be worth it for Soto.