White Sox “Trades” with EVERY TEAM – AL East Edition – 2022

A long time ago, I was listening to an interview with legendary poker professional Phil Ivey and the interviewer asked the question (paraphrasing) How would you recommend a player learning the game get better the fastest? Phil said something to the effect of (paraphrasing) Buy in to a game at much lower stakes than you would normally play, and then play every single hand for an hour. Try and figure out how you would play all of these different hands in different situations and positions that you are normally taught not to play in. In the spirit of that recommendation from an all-time great, Chorizy and I are once again going to undertake the exercise of making a White Sox trade with every team in the majors…..this is the AL East Edition.

Tampa Rays

108er: Chorizy-E
White Sox send:
Craig Kimbrel
White Sox receive:
Kevin Kiermaier
Rationale:
Kevin Kiermaier is owed $12M this year with a club option for $13.5M in 2023 or $2.5M buy out. So the money lines up pretty well. And the Rays may value a closer for that cash more than a CF. Keirmaier is an above average fielder in CF and a lefty bat. However, there is no power there and his OBP is just OK. One thought here would be making Luis Robert the answer in RF and having Keirmaier be a defense first lefty bat in CF. It’s probably not what you thought going into the off-season, but it could work. I mean, with Keirmaier and Robert out there, maybe they play right center and left center with one of our LF moving to short center to fill out the infield.

New York Yankees

108er: Chorizy-E
White Sox send: Gavin Sheets, Matthew Thompson, Yolbert Sanchez, Jimmy Lambert
White Sox receive: DJ LeMahieu
Rationale: Carlos Correa is going to New York, we all know this shit. So this may be the one time Yanks might be motivated to move a contract and that LeMahieu may be motivated to allow the trade. DJ comes over with 5/$75M owed through his year 37 season. The Sox will need him to play 2B and hit better than last year. The Yanks should be able to use the offensive haul as depth beneath a stacked lineup and Lambert as another arm for their oft-injured rotation. Thompson probably has the highest upside of the group, but hasn’t shown it yet.

Baltimore Orioles

108er: BeefLoaf
White Sox send:
Sean Burke, Tanner McDougal, Chase Krogman
White Sox receive:
John Means
Rationale:
The Orioles aren’t yet in their competitive window and 2022 is the year John Means starts to become more expensive as he hits arbitration. If the Orioles don’t want to make him a long-term contract offer, the alternative is to trade him off for prospects. I think that is in fact what the Orioles do considering they now have a top farm system and aren’t quite ready to leverage Means’ talents on the field. The White Sox can use another dependable starter, that is for damn sure.

The return probably has White Sox fans jumping for joy as these aren’t any of the normal recognizable “prospects” that get discussed on the regular. That is by design. The Orioles rebuilt their entire farm using a bulk strategy. They chose to get more / lesser prospects and tried to let the law of averages help them. It has worked. The three guys listed above aren’t Rule 5 eligible for awhile and that’s just the way the O’s like it. All three guys are also climbing White Sox prospect lists.

Toronto Blue Jays

108er: BeefLoaf
White Sox send:
Garrett Crochet, Luis Mieses
White Sox receive:
Alejandro Kirk, Bowden Francis, Julian Merriweather
Rationale:
I wanted to see what I think a trade could look like for Crochet.  I love Alejandro Kirk, he’s like 5’8″ 245 lbs of #108thiccness that can hit and isn’t a bad defender either behind the plate.  The Blue Jays already have two other good catchers in Reese McGuire and Danny Jansen.  I can see the team that developed Nate Pearson wanting a shot at Crochet.  Mieses is an OF that is in the lower minors still, but the Jays prospect lists are missing basically any outfielders, so I figured he fit nice.

Bowden Francis is a starting pitcher, without overwhelming stuff, basically a back end of the rotation guy, but he’s been in the high minors so he can start in AAA Charlotte and basically be the first guy to get the call if the any of the White Sox starters scuffle or get hurt.

Julian Merriweather is a quality reliever who has had some injury issues, but also has a minor league option left. In fact, all of these guys have minor league options and are upgrades on the current 40 man.

I know most people are thinking you trade Crochet and you get a very good mlb player for him. But what if you got like 3 real usable major league caliber players. Isn’t that a great outcome for a White Sox team that has struggled with depth? It’s not sexy, but it seemed like a fair deal to me.

Boston Red Sox

108er: Chorizy-E
White Sox send:
Craig Kimbrel, Zack Collins, Caleb Freeman
White Sox receive:
JD Martinez
Rationale:
This will depend on how ready the BoSox were for JD to decline his option. With Triston Casas pushing for a roster spot and a possible reunion with Kyle Schwarber, they may feel that bringing back Kimbrel is the best option for the construction of the 2022 roster. I added Zack Collins, because both of the Red Sox MLB catchers will enter free agency after this year. Their highest ranked catching prospect is not yet on the cusp of the big leagues. So while they may wade into free agency to fill that need in 2023, it won’t hurt to have Collins in AAA (Hahn was wise to save that option). He could be their 2023 backup catcher.

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