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White Sox Trade Block (June)

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With the Trade Deadline two weeks away, this is the mid-July trading block for Chicago White Sox.  Feel free to inquire on anyone but most of our young talent is unavailable.  We feel we are pretty close to contending in 2019 and will not be moving the bulk of our starting rotation or many of our young positional players.

 

SP Gio Gonzalez (ML)

+ Gio is on a one year contract with a player option for 2019.  He is due $25m for 2018 and his option for 2019 is $17m.  The White Sox are willing to retain as much as 75% of his salary (which would cover this year and next if he takes his option) for the right deal.  We are looking for prospects of any type, no veterans, and we're not willing to take on any salary in the deal considering we're willing to retain so much salary of his.  As of July 15th, Gio has a 7-3 record for the below-.500 White Sox with a 3.59 ERA and 116 ERA+.  He also has a 3.36 FIP.

 

RP Edgar Escalona (ML)

+ Solid middle relief pitcher.  Has 4 pitches and throws mid-90s.  136 ERA+ over 26.1 IP.  31 years old, earning $1.1m.  Seeking a single prospect in return. May be willing to retain some salary for the right player.  

 

RP Bobby Jenks (ML)

+ 37 years old but still an excellent middle reliever.  A 3.09 ERA since coming to the White Sox in late April with a 2.98 FIP in that same span of time and a 135 ERA+.  4 pitches.  Earning $1.1m this season and a free agent in the offseason.  Willing to retain up to 100% of his salary for the right player.  Seeking a single prospect in return.

 

1B Chris Marrero (ML)

+ 1B/LF/DH who slugs against left-handed pitchers.  Hitting 338/389/615 for a 1.004 OPS against LHP this season.  His full salary says $2.64m but the bulk of it is being retained by two former organizations, so any takers are only on the hook for $792k.  Again, looking for a single prospect in return.  May be willing to retain the rest of his contract for a decent prospect.  Still under team control for 2019.  He also plays above average defense at 1B.

 

RF Yoan Alcantara (ML)

+ A 25 year old still reaching his potential.  Hitting 258/293/411 so far this season with 9 HR in 61 games started.  Also has ability for stealing and aggressive base running.  Looking for a single minor league player in return.

 

2B DJ Fitzgerald (ML)

+ Veteran second baseman on a league minimum contract.  Just promoted to the Majors for the first time this year so still pre-arb eligible.  Has one minor league option remaining so stash him at AAA if you like, or he could be a potential starting 2B for some clubs.  Hitting 326 for the ML club and hit 329 at AAA.  Seeking a single minor league player in return.

 

2B Tyler Bortnick (AAA)

+ Veteran middle infielder.  Currently at AAA but on a Major League roster so I believe would have to be added to your 40 man roster.  Has a Captain's personality class.  Seeking a single piece in exchange.

 

RF Antonio Guzman (ML)

+ Slugging corner outfielder with elite speed and stealing/baserunning abilities (80 across the board according to my scout).  Only 23 years old so still has room to develop.  Listed as the #11 prospect in our system.  Seeking a top 20 prospect in return, or a ML-ready (by 2019) 2B or 3B.  Would also consider trading for a closer-caliber young pitcher.

 

SP/RP Joe Kelly (AAA)

+ Ground ball aficionado.  Just turned 30 years old, $740k salary.  4 pitches, enough stamina to be a starting pitcher. Has over a 64% groundball rate for both AAA and ML this year.  Seeking a single prospect in return.

 

Other players not on this list could be available but we're not looking to trade any of our prospects or the better of our young talent right now.  Still, feel free to inquire.

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