White Sox “Trades” with EVERY TEAM – NL West 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 NL West Edition.

Los Angeles Dodgers

108er: BeefLoaf
White Sox send:
Liam Hendriks
White Sox receive:
Michael Busch, Bobby Miller, Clayton Beeter
Rationale:
There’s all this talk about how the Dodgers need closer and how trading them Craig Kimbrel is a perfect fit, blah, blah, blah. Let’s get real. The Dodgers ain’t giving us shit for Kimbrel. Neither is anyone else. They are going to low-ball the White Sox because they also have two eyes and could watch the final stanza of the 2021 season. BUT!! What if the White Sox traded them an actual high end closer, that’s right, I’m talking about a real stud, locked into a contract for a bit and bet themselves on Kimbrel returning to form for 2022. Now that’s where you can profit.

The Dodgers system is rich with talent. Michael Busch is your defacto Second Baseman. He’s not slick with the glove, but he sure does fucking hit. This probably doesn’t happen if Chris Taylor changes zip codes, but let’s dream a bit. Bobby Miller and Clayton Beeter are both upper minors arm talent. Miller is a proto-typical starter, but still a ways away. I think the Dodgers are still starting Beeter, but I have read that he’s got back-end bullpen type stuff if a team should steer him in that direction.

This would be a haul, but Hendriks is the GOAT closer right now and if you think it’s no problem trading Kimbrel. Ole Liam is even cheaper. Let’s go get paid!!!

San Diego Padres

108er: BeefLoaf
White Sox send:
Dylan Cease
White Sox receive:
CJ Abrams, Mackenzie Gore
Rationale:
The Padres died on the vine last year because all of their pitchers passed away in a mass grave right outside the Gas Lamp district. Cease is durable, young, has outstanding stuff and turned in a season in 2021 that was better than anyone on their staff. He’s a budding stud, and unlike the rest of their staff his stock is rising.

Yes, the White Sox do get 2 top 100 prospects for Cease, of course they fucking do. He was a top 10 pitcher in 2021 and he makes the league minimum (like Jake Taylor did). Abrams is the #3 rated prospect at Fangraphs, but he’s basically a consensus top 5 prospect. He solves 2nd base for the next half decade at least. He’s a stud. Mackenzie Gore was the bees knees for a bit, but his stock has faded a bunch. Somewhere in there though is still top of the rotation stuff and guess what, we got Ethan Katz to drag that outta him. Katz WILL FIX HIM!

San Francisco Giants

108er: BeefLoaf
White Sox send:
Rick Hahn and Southpaw
White Sox receive:
Farhan Zaidi
Rationale:
Farhan Zaidi is what everyone been tryna tell me Rick Hahn is for the last decade, a genius. This guy knows how to build an organization, find unheralded talent, reclamation projects, etc. He didn’t go into a rebuild and still won 107 games in a division with the LA Dodgers. You fucking kidding me! Hahn has won over 81 games just once in almost a decade. He’s done a good job with the rebuild and I’m enjoying the shit outta that, but I’d like the guy that doesn’t need to rebuild. That’s gooder imo.

The toughest part of this trade is moving Southpaw. Southpaw is a HOFer now and it is well deserved. The Giants have two mascots neither of which are worth a shit. One is a Seal, one is a Crab, it’s goofy stuff. Southpaw comes in and shows the fans what having a good time is all about. The Paw is a key in this trade, because the Giants ain’t giving up anything of real value for our GM.

Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks

108er: Chorizy-E
Diamondbacks receive:
Ryan McMahon, Gavin Sheets, Jose Rodriguez, Andrew Dalquist
Rockies receive: Seth Beer, Dallas Keuchel, Sean Burke, Jason Bilous
White Sox receive:
Ketel Marte, Charlie Blackmon, Madison Bumgarner, Merrill Kelly
Rationale:
Last trade of this blog series, so let’s get nuts. This is an obvious salary dump for the DBacks and a bit for the Rox. Which I could see both doing because that division is a little rough, especially if San Diego has even remotely healthy pitching this year. For Arizona, I went with players that can help them sooner rather than later. McMahon is the only one who will be a free agent any time soon, though. For the Rox they get some players further away and take on Keuchel’s contract. They do get rid of Blackmon’s contract and McMahon’s which is smaller. Dallas could be flipped again if he can bounce back for them.

For the Sox, they are taking on a lot of money here and really only dumping the Keuchel contract. However, it’s a massive upgrade at 2B, Blackmon can take most of the at bats in RF, and Bumgarner wasn’t too bad last year and is an upgrade over Keuchel. Merrill Kelly is interesting because he has minor league options left, is still arb eligible for 2023 and 2024, but is already 33 years old. He’s a really good fit for the Sox rotation because he can be moved between MLB and AAA to be used when needed.

Of course, I know this is quite improbable, but I needed one 3 way trade or I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror.

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