White Sox “Trades” with EVERY TEAM – AL East Edition – 2024

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.

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Tampa Rays

White Sox send: Ryan Burrowes SS
White Sox receive: Ian Seymour LHP & Kameron Misner CF
Rationale: The Tampa Rays are one of the teams in MLB that tends to develop so much talent that because of the 40 man rules they aren’t able to hang on to all of it. So the White Sox would get a slight deal here because they are worse at developing talent and MLB likes to try and level the playing field somewhat. Both of these guys are Rule 5 eligible and Ryan Burrowes won’t be for many years, these are the type of deals that work for these two types of teams.

With Seymour the White Sox would get a left handed starting pitcher who’s repetoire is based on deception and a killer change up. He’s close to the bigs, but is coming off of a Tommy John surgery that limited his innings in 2023. He’s the type of guy that needs 40 man protection and probably another half year to a year slinging on the farm to be ready and the White Sox are just the squad to do that. Misner is a fringy CF with ginormous power and ginormous swing and miss. Being left handed hitting and having huge power with a real outfield profile is probably mouth watering to the White Sox. He is also not ready, he is also Rule 5 eligible and the White Sox have plenty of room on the 40 man for an outfield prospect. In fact I don’t see any at present time 🙂

Burrowes is a long way from the majors but with substantial upside both on the defensive spectrum and with the bat. By Fangraphs grade, he’s the same grade 40+ as Seymour, except the Rays don’t have to make a transaction decision on him until 2026. There’s the devil in the details. The Rays get a high upside far away prospect, the Sox get two lower upside, close to the major players.

New York Yankees

White Sox send: Jake Eder LHP
White Sox receive: Austin Wells C
Rationale: The Yankees are in the great position of having too many catchers and while they like Austin Wells, it’s not really clear if he is actually a catcher. He racked up -2 DRS in just 158, but the bat seems good. It feels like we know exactly what a bat first position player should cost on the open market. Yeah, Jake Eder.

Baltimore Orioles

White Sox send: Dylan Cease RHP
White Sox receive: Joey Ortiz SS, Dylan Beavers RF, Trace Bright RHP
Rationale: An almost perfect pairing of needs. The White Sox need to deal Dylan Cease before his contract expires and the Orioles are desperate for front line starter potential paired with durability. A better match for a trade in this blog series doesn’t exist.

The Orioles get Cease…even if he ain’t Cy Cease, he’s a large upgrade to their roster and a playoff starter for sure.

The White Sox get Joey Ortiz a slick glove first Short Stop that probably only fails on the power tool The rest is nice and with questions on Colson Montgomery‘s ability at the position Ortiz comes over and provides stability day one. Beavers is a AA Right Fielder with a high floor as he defends well and has a dependable hit tool, but with monstrous potential if he taps into the power that his size and long levers should produce. Lastly, Trace Bright is a lottery ticket as a starter, but likely a reasonable mid leverage reliever when all is said and done on the strength of his high end fastball.

Boston Red Sox

White Sox send: Ky Bush LHP
White Sox receive: Luis Urias 2B
Rationale: Let’s just assume that the Red Sox are able to pull off the Alex Verdugo for Gleyber Torres trade. Feels like Urias could be dealt at that point and he’d be a nice addition for the Sox. A competent 2B who gets on base about 33% of the time. In return, the Red Sox get something similar to what they traded for Urias last year, in Ky Bush.

Toronto Blue Jays

White Sox send: Andrew Vaughn 1b, Gregory Santos RHP, Garrett Crochet LHP
White Sox receive: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. 1b
Rationale: This trade seems insane at surface level, but it’s really not. The Blue Jays have been a playoff team of recent vintage, but they had some players roll off in free agency and need to address that. They also had a bear of a time cobbling together an effective bullpen in 2023. This addresses both of those, moving Vladito’s expect $18.3M salary off the books (he’s in Arb 3, and only has one more year of control after this, Arb 4) and replaces it with minimal salary and three usable parts for 2024 and beyond. Vladito was a 1.0 fWAR player last year, he’s a ghastly defender at 1st and well, I could see the Jays at least thinking about turning the page on this.

From Vlad Guerrero’s Instagram

The haul is Andrew Vaughn to replace him at 1b (with a little more team control) who is actually a better defender at the cold corner, but doesn’t do much else better than Vlady. Santos and Crochet are high end relievers (when healthy) that solidify the Jays ailing bullpen from 2023.

The White Sox do this because they are dying for the type of bat that Vlad Jr. provides. High walk, low strike out, high power bat. Yes, he hits way too many groundballs and he shops in the husky boy section like I do, so you know that’s not good, but there just isn’t a better way to spend this money and player capital for the Sox who are dying for any semblance of offense.

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