The Chicago White Sox should be concerned with Lucas Giolito going forward.
The Chicago White Sox came into this year expecting Lucas Giolito to be their ace. They know that Dylan Cease and Michael Kopech can be elite too and Lance Lynn is a great veteran as well so it had the makings of an amazing staff.
Giolito also had some contract issues in the offseason that suggested that he wants to be a highly paid pitcher in this league. Up until 2022, he certainly deserved it with three straight top-11 Cy Young finishes. This year, however, he has been a disaster by his standards.
Instead of paying Giolito a lot of money and taking the risk that he can get back to form, they should consider trading him for other assets that can make the team as a whole better. He might have a good offseason and get back to the elite player that he was but it is a heavy risk to take.
Giolito has been a great team player but it was obvious that he was the fifth starter on this team in 2022. He got bumped out of the big games down the stretch. He never complained or anything like that because it was so obvious that he didn’t have it this year.
If they trade him they can get something good for him still otherwise they better hope that he can get back to form during the offseason with some mechanical changes. Getting that velocity back on the fastball will be the key. It should be interesting to see how they handle him.