MLB rumors: Chicago White Sox pitcher tops the list
When MLBTradeRumors.com released its list of the Top 50 trade deadline candidates, one starting pitcher from the Chicago White Sox stood out above the rest.
On the list, White Sox right-hander Lucas Giolito is at the top. Coming into Friday’s action with a 6-5 record and 3.50 ERA/4.16 FIP/1.168 WHIP, the 28-year-old is a free agent at the end of the season, making him a top target for any team looking for pitching.
So what puts Giolito at the top of the list? According to MLBTR, “Giolito is the only member of our top six free agents who has much of a chance to move at the deadline. That makes him a natural fit to top this list.”
With the White Sox entering Friday 15 games below .500, there is little doubt that there will be some kind of movement on the South Side at the trade deadline. Should the White Sox deal Giolito, there will likely be a bidding war for his services, helping Chicago potentially restock its farm system and prepare for what it hopes will be better days ahead.
Another starting pitcher for the White Sox, Lance Lynn, comes in at number 13 on MLBTR’s list, indicating it could be a pitching-heavy focus in any trade talks that will happen between now and August 1.