The Chicago White Sox need to make some upgrades to overtake the Twins and Guardians in the American League Central.
After winning 93 games in 2021, the Chicago White Sox have been one of the most disappointing teams in Major League Baseball. They entered the All-Star break with a record of 46-46 but despite all of the turmoil that has surrounded the team, they are only three games back of the Twins for first place in the American League Central and 3.5 games back of the final AL Wild Card spot.
With a few good moves at the trade deadline and their current players playing to their ability, the White Sox could easily overtake both the Guardians and Twins in the division.
Here are three All-Stars that the White Sox need to trade for before the August 2 trade deadline.
3 All-Stars the White Sox should trade for before the trade deadline
Chicago Cubs outfielder Ian Happ
The Chicago Cubs seem like they are going to be trading a lot of their players before the trade deadline, just as they did last year. They showed that they are willing to trade All-Stars to the south side when they traded All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel to the White Sox for infielder Nick Madrigal (#40 overall prospect according to MLB.com when he was traded) and pitching prospect Codi Heuer so why not do it again if you’re the White Sox?
Ian Happ was an All-Star for the first time this season as, in 90 games, he has hit .274/.364/.443 with an OPS+ of 126, nine home runs, 42 RBI, and 23 doubles. Happ primarily plays left field and on the season, White Sox left fielders have a 67 wRC+, or an overall offensive production that is 33 percent worse than league average, which is second-worst in the sport at the position.
He can also play center field and some of the infield positions, which could be useful down the stretch. He also is under contract through next season.