White Sox scouting activity could ‘tip off’ team’s intentions ahead of trade deadline: – NBC Sports Chicago

The White Sox are reportedly doing their due diligence as the MLB trade deadline approaches. According to the Athletic’s MLB trade deadline reporting team of Ken Rosenthal, Patrick Mooney and Katie Woo, the team has sent its “top scouts” to investigate the farm systems of the Dodgers, Mariners and Padres.

“The White Sox’ scouting efforts could provide a hint as to how they will approach the deadline,” the Athletic Reporting team wrote. “If they’re leaning on outfield scouts, it probably means they want prospects with big resources. The Padres, Dodgers and Mariners all have a significant supply of these types of players.”

The Athletic noted that all three of these teams have expressed interest in multiple White Sox players, but several other teams have also included GM Chris Getz in trade talks.

The big-ticket players who could make a big profit at the deadline are starting pitcher Garrett Crochet and center fielder Luis Robert Jr.

Crochet was a revelation for the White Sox in his first season as a starter in the majors. His 3.05 ERA, 0.943 WHIP and league-leading 130 strikeouts should spark a bidding war in a market lacking top starting talent if Getz makes him available at the deadline.

The same cannot be said for Robert Jr. He remains a top player with many tempting tools, but he has struggled since returning from a hip flexor injury that sidelined him for 53 games. Since Robert Jr. Returned to the lineup on June 4, he has slashed .191/.301/.476 with five home runs, seven RBI and two stolen bases. Robert Jr. has struck out 25 times, compared to 10 walks.

“Teams will likely want to see more before giving up what the White Sox want for a player who hit 38 home runs and stole 20 bases last season,” the Athletic reporting team wrote. “Robert is owed the balance of his $12.5 million salary in 2024 and $15 million in ’25. His deal also includes $20 million club options for 2026 and ’27.”

Those are the biggest names who could be on the move this summer, but the White Sox are expected to trade away a number of other players at the deadline as they try to recoup future prospects. The Athletic noted that relief pitcher Michael Kopech and outfielder Tommy Pham have drawn interest from teams preparing for the postseason. Starter Erick Fedde is also expected to leave as he is in the midst of a bounce-back season after spending 2023 in Korea.

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