MLB Trade Rumors: 5 Chicago White Sox on the Block in 2014

By Kyle Johansen

5 Chicago White Sox Players on the Trade Block in 2014

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The Chicago White Sox have a lot of players they would like to trade away. The only problem with that is finding teams that actually want to acquire those players. While the White Sox have been knocked for not having a highly ranked minor league system, they have acquired a few young players in trades who likely deserve a shot at the Major League level but would need a trade to make room for them.

5. Jeff Keppinger, Utility

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5. Jeff Keppinger, Utility

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The White Sox signed Jeff Keppinger to an ill-fated deal in the 2012 offseason when they gave him a three year contract worth million. On a team with a higher payroll, Keppinger may provide value as a player who can back up nearly every position on the diamond, but for the White Sox he’s just wasted space on a team that needs to play its young players. The problem for the Sox will be finding a team that actually wants him.

4. Gordon Beckham, 2B

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4. Gordon Beckham, 2B

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Gordon Beckham’s time in Chicago began with a bang and has been all downhill ever since his debut in 2009. As a former No. 8 overall pick in the draft, there may be a team out there that is still willing to bet on Beckham’s long-term potential. The White Sox have likely seen enough of Beckham, and by trading him they would clear the way for Marcus Semien to take over at second base.

3. Conor Gillaspie, 3B

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3. Conor Gillaspie, 3B

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After trading for their 3B of the future this offseason and acquiring Matt Davidson from the Arizona Diamondbacks, the White Sox clearly do not plan to have Conor Gillaspie as their third baseman much longer. Gillaspie has shown flashes of being a starting caliber player in the Major Leagues, but he just doesn’t hit enough to be a legitimate option at the hot corner. In order to clear room for Davidson, the Sox may look to unload Gillaspie.

2. Adam Dunn, DH

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2. Adam Dunn, DH

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The White Sox could not find a taker for Adam Dunn at last year’s trade deadline, but if Dunn continues to show 30 home run power and high walk rates, there may be an American League team that could use power enough at this year’s deadline to pull the trigger on a deal.

1. Alexei Ramirez, SS

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1. Alexei Ramirez, SS

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Alexei Ramirez is off to the best start of his career, hitting .420/.463/.680 with three HR and three SB. So why would the White Sox want to trade him? Well really, the better question is why not? If the Sox are out of contention they would be wise to use their most valuable trade chip to continue to rebuild their minor league system. 2013 first-round pick Tim Anderson is the long-term answer at short and Leury Garcia can play there for now.

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