Fans had previously speculated the Chicago White Sox would be open for business ahead of this year's trade deadline because of how bad they've been. When the All-Star break arrived, they were 38-54 and somehow only eight games back of the dead .500 Cleveland Guardians.
That's still a fairly insurmountable climb to make if you're a team like the White Sox, who haven't been the same since the Astros eliminated them from the postseason in 2021. They've been one of baseball's biggest disappointments.
And teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers prey on those who struggle this mightily. When stuck in neutral, an organization such as the White Sox can't afford to stand pat and sit on assets they can stomach trading.
That said, it seems they're not going to let contenders pick apart their roster ahead of the Aug. 1 deadline. MLB insider Jon Heyman is reporting Chicago will not be trading four players they deem to be part of the team's "core" in Luis Robert, Andrew Vaughn, Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease.
A dejected Robert watching Freddie Freeman's walk-off in LA not too long ago had Dodgers fans wondering if he'd be roaming center field in the City of Angels, but we won't be counting on that. Instead, who else could the Dodgers plunder from the ChiSox?
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We really don't think you want to hear more about shortstop Tim Anderson. That horse has been beaten beyond death. It's traveled back from the afterlife at this point.
Heyman specifically listed Lucas Giolito (another player incessantly linked to LA) and relievers Reynaldo Lopez and Keynan Middleton as those most likely to head out the door. What was intriguing, however, was the omission of Michael Kopech and Yoan Moncada from the "untouchable" list.