Chicago White Sox Rumors: Will Closer Addison Reed Be Moved At The Deadline?

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With less than 20 days until the MLB Trade Deadline, the Chicago White Sox have some interesting decisions to make.

Sitting at 37-55 and 14 games behind the division-leading Detroit Tigers, the question isn’t really if the White Sox will be sellers come the deadline, but more who they intend to deal. Reports have suggested that All-Star Chris Sale and the currently injured Paul Konerko are the only two untouchable Sox players, but GM Rick Hahn has also hinted that he is open to trading anyone given the right deal.

While I don’t foresee Hahn and the White Sox shipping out Sale or Konerko come July 31, I do believe Chicago is listening to trades for all of their players, including their young closer Addison Reed.

Reed is 53 for 61 in save opportunities in his year and a half in the big leagues, and the 24-year-old closer certainly figures to have a high price tag for any team interested in him. It has been reported that the White Sox have already made it clear in their trade talks that they want Major League-ready talent or near-ready prospects, and I’m amusing the same would be true for a deal involving their prized closer.

Due to the lack of a true dominant closer, the Boston Red Sox, who have already expressed interest in Reed, along with the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers seem like possible landing spots for Reed if Chicago does in fact decide to deal him.

Although the White Sox may field all offers for Reed now and up until the deadline, when it’s all said and done, I don’t think they’ll part ways with him. Reed’s high trade value is obviously appealing to Hahn and the rest of Chicago’s front office, but I don’t believe any team will offer enough to entice the White Sox to pull the trigger on their promising young reliever.

Matt Malecha is a Chicago White Sox writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @MattMalecha and add him to your network on Google

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  • SportsGenius705

    Would be very smart for the White Sox to trade Reed now. They don’t need a 24 year old closer when they go through 3 years of rebuilding.

    • CWS_FAN

      If Reed was 34 years old, it would make sense to trade him. He is more than young enough to just be entering his prime years in two or three years.

      • Farva55

        If I were the White Sox, I would trade Reed in a heartbeat. Who cares about a closer. If he can net Nick Castellanos or someone just as good, that should be a done deal.

        • mattmalecha

          Farva55 so you would want a team’s top five prospect for Reed? Would you want the prospect to be Major League ready?

          • Farva55

            MLB ready or within 2 years, yes. The White Sox have to go through a rebuilding phase or their dropping LAD money on FA’s. Reed is a hot commodity and more of a luxury than a building block. If you’re building around a closer- your team is not in good shape.

          • mattmalecha

            I agree. They need to start building from within and I believe that’s what Hahn wants to do. However, I don’t think anyone will offer Hahn enough to get Reed. If a team is willing to give up their top prospects for Reed, than I’d have no problem with trading him.

          • Farva55

            Sox should be hounding detroit for castellanos. Detroit needs a closer in the worst way.

          • mattmalecha

            No way the Sox and Tigers make a deal that big. They have never traded with each since both joined the AL Central.

          • Farva55

            So what? Detroit needs a closer if they want to win the WS. The Sox have the best closer on the market. If they aren’t talking about it, both teams are idiotic. Teams should know no prejudice when it comes to building a winning org.

          • mattmalecha

            I wouldn’t be highly shocked if Reed was dealt, but I would be very surprised if he was traded to the Tigers.

      • mattmalecha

        CWS_FAN so sense you do agree they should keep Reed, anyone you would want them to deal in the next few weeks?

    • mattmalecha

      SportsGenius, I can understand what you mean… If the Sox do end up going through a long rebuilding phase, Reed won’t get many opportunities to save games. However, remarks from the Sox front office make it sound like they don’t believe it will take them years to rebuild, which is why I don’t believe they will deal Reed unless someone absolutely blows their socks off (no pun intended)

      • SportsGenius705

        I agree with everything @farva55:disqus was saying here. Closers are crazily over rated and the White Sox don’t need one when they’re rebuilding. If he’s a true asset, put him on the market. Not crazily difficult to understand.

  • Walter J Scott

    “…the White Sox have already made it clear in their trade talks that they want Major League-ready talent or near-ready prospects, and I’m amusing…” :-) Well, I’m happy the writer is so highly regarded (amusing) by the White Sox; if one can’t be accurate, at least be amusing.