3 Chicago Cubs players who could be traded to the Chicago White Sox

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3 players the Chicago Cubs could trade to the White Sox – #1: Javier Baez

The number one fit in a hypothetic Cubs-Sox deal is none other than infielder Javier Baez. With Nick Madrigal out for the season due to surgery with a torn hamstring, there is a gaping hole at second to fill for Tony LaRussa’s club.

While Leury Garcia and Danny Mendick currently share responsibilities at second, Garcia himself can play elsewhere in the outfield and around the diamond. Mendick, on the other hand, has a slash line of .198/.300/.273. Needless to say, they could use a boost at second. Baez not only has the tools to excel at second base – but brings postseason experience that could prove vital to a young team that had its real first taste of success in 2020 including a postseason berth following a 12-year drought.

Thinking of an infield that boasts Abreu, Baez, Anderson and Moancada from first-to-third is the stuff Sox fans dream of. Add in an outfield that has two of the best young players in the game in Jimenez and Robert and a veteran backstop in Grandal? October success could very much be in the cards for the South Siders. And don’t even get me started on this rotation.

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Looking at these three hypothetical landing spots, Baez would probably cost the White Sox the least behind Bryant, followed by Kimbrel. El Mago would give Chicago a much-needed answer at second, all without breaking the bank – either in financial terms or prospect-cost.