What Else Could The Chicago White Sox Do Before The Trade Deadline?
Everyone knows the Chicago White Sox are hot after Milwaukee Brewers starter Zach Greinke, but what else might they be looking to do? Two spots they could look to add is a bat off the bench and another veteran reliever for the bullpen.
The bench offensively isn’t very good offensively with Tyler Flowers hitting .178, Eduardo Escobar hitting .200, Orlando Hudson hitting .178 and Jordan Danks hitting .296. Jeff Baker of the Chicago Cubs would be a great addition to this ballclub. He can play first, second and third base while also playing left and right field. He is hitting .282/.323/.470 in 117 at bats. He is a free agent after this season, so it wouldn’t take much more than a low level pitching prospect. Baker would be a good replacement for Hudson on the bench.
Another veteran reliever would also help the bullpen. Right now the pen consists of three veterans in Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain and the newly acquired Brett Myers to go along with youngsters Hector Santiago, Nate Jones, Addison Reed and Leyson Septimo. The real open spot would be another lefty for Septimo, who has just been a little to wild so far (4BB in 6IP). Opponents have only hit .143 off Septimo, but the weak command of his pitches have really hurt him. A guy like Matt Reynolds of the Colorado Rockies would really help take some pressure off Hector Santiago. He would probably take a decent prospect to get him.
All in all, I think White Sox GM Kenny Williams will be look all over the place for a starting pitcher, but he still has his eyes open on some other ways to help the club compete this year and in the future. We also know Williams is not a guy that stands pat, either if his team is in contention or not.