Chicago White Sox would defeat AL Central with this move
The Chicago White Sox enter August with a 51-50 record and are 2.0 games out of first place in the American League Division. It’s not where people thought they would be before the start of the season, but here we are.
Based on the year, you can tell things are going well now due to the fact that the White Sox only lost one series in the month of July. With the trade deadline just under a day away, it’s time to fully load this team for the playoffs. Lists also grow in about a month.
There might be a pitcher that becomes available that the White Sox should consider. If the Milwaukee Brewers decided to sell Josh Hader (despite leading their division by three games), the White Sox should be onto him.
Rick Hahn made it clear the White Sox wanted more guns in the bullpen. It’s also obvious that they badly need help in the bullpen of the left-handed variety. You don’t do much better than Hader.
The Chicago White Sox could really use a pitcher like Josh Hader right now.
Hader hasn’t been his typical self so far this season, but he’s always been good so he could be a bit cheaper. If it’s not too much in terms of prospect capital, the White Sox should seriously consider doing it.
Hader now acts as a closer with the Brewers, but he was also a long reliever before. With the White Sox, he would be able to do whatever Tony La Russa needed him to do that day. Liam Hendriks is the closest to full-time and will continue to be, but there are days when he is unavailable.
He would also be a player who could serve as the bridge (or part of the bridge) of the starter for Liam Hendriks. It’s definitely something to talk about if Hader’s name comes with the White Sox in mind.
The White Sox haven’t been bullish on relievers. Over the past few years, they’ve spent a lot of money on Liam Hendriks, Joe Kelly, and Kendall Graveman. They also made big trades for guys like Craig Kimbrel and Ryan Tepera. Aaron Bummer also received a big contract.
Some of those moves worked well for the White Sox and some didn’t. If the White Sox really want to put down the AL Central, they’ll think about making a big splash like this.