San Diego Padres trade targets from the AL Central

HOUSTON, TEXAS - MAY 07: Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals hits a grand slam in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 07, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - MAY 07: Whit Merrifield #15 of the Kansas City Royals hits a grand slam in the seventh inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 07, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 26: Starting pitcher Carlos  Rodon #55 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – APRIL 26: Starting pitcher Carlos  Rodon #55 of the Chicago White Sox delivers the ball against the Detroit Tigers at Guaranteed Rate Field on April 26, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

White Sox

As I said previously, the White Sox are ready to turn the corner on their rebuild and want to compete in 2020 — much like the Padres.

Last year the Padres and White Sox battled over Machado to try and accelerate their respective rebuilds, and as we know, San Diego won that battle.

There don’t seem to be many fits in a trade from the White Sox either as they have a lot of young talent on their roster that they’re not likely to part with.

They could use some help in the outfield, although they have some outfield prospects on the verge of breaking through.

Still, maybe they’d like a Hunter Renfroe to ease the transition to some of their outfield prospects.

I picture Carlos Rodon above because there is a slight chance they move on from him — probably not this offseason though as he is working his way back from Tommy John.

But Rodon is only under team control for two more seasons, and again, he’ll likely miss most of the 2020 season as well.

When healthy he is a top of the rotation arm. But trading him still seems unlikely, and the Padres trading for him seems even more unlikely.

Depending on how the 2020 season goes for the White Sox, Rodon might be a name to keep an eye on next offseason.

As for this offseason, I don’t see a trade working with the White Sox unless they want an outfielder for some prospects.

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