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.