3 players who should already be on the trading block

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CLEVELAND, OH – APRIL 20: Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel #60 reacts during the second inning of game 1 of a doubleheader against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field on April 20, 2022 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

The Chicago White Sox should already have these three players on the trading block.

The Chicago White Sox aren’t going to run away with American League Central after all. Seemingly the best team in this division, they’ve been slow to get going in 2022 and have dropped far in this week’s MLB Power rankings. The list may not be as powerful as once thought.

With a roster still incredibly talented and a chance to turn things around before the 162-game schedule ends, it’s not yet time to start panicking. However, fans should have some concerns. The team could find themselves selling in July or potentially selling parts to improve their chances in a playoff run.

As we close out April, these White Sox roster members look like early trade candidates.

3. The White Sox should still look to trade Dallas Keuchel

Regardless of what the standings say, Dallas Keuchel is someone the White Sox should have on the trading block at all times. They needed him at the start of this season to help overcome a Lance Lynn injury. However, after three starts, he’s only 1-2 with a 9.00 ERA in 10 innings of work.

The White Sox have had every side of Keuchel before. In 2020, he was 6-2 with a 1.99 ERA in his 11 starts during the shortened season. Hoping he could repeat the full-season magic in 2021, fans were disappointed to see him fall to 9-9 with a 5.28 ERA.

An $18 million salary this year with a 2023 team option worth $20 million that no one will pick up, the White Sox will likely have to eat part of the deal to move on from him. One scenario they might consider is an exchange of bad contracts. A team that needs a fifth starter with a positional player they’d like to come out from under could work. New York Mets second baseman Robinson Cano would have made sense before the season started. However, his own struggles and the Mets’ lack of need for an arm like Keuchel removed that possibility.

Other teams will end up needing an arm like Keuchel’s with a bat to spare. Maybe the White Sox get lucky and what looks like an exchange of bad contracts turns into something much better for them.

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