With the White Sox looking to buy at the deadline, could we possibly see another crosstown trade?
Givens, 25, has reportedly been drawing interest from multiple teams after posting an impressive first half. The righty is currently the owner of a 6-2 record with a 2.72 ERA (12 ER/39.2 IP), 2.58 K/W ratio, 1.261 WHIP, and 3.95 FIP over 39 appearances. Though not necessarily a lockdown arm, he’s an intriguing option in what’s shaping up to be a rather thin bullpen market. Givens also might not be the key name the White Sox focus on in a potential move involving Chicago’s other team.
Likely closer to a longshot than reality, reliever David Robertson is a pitcher the South Siders could look to reunite with after he’s posted a 1.83 ERA over 35 appearances. Or maybe they scrap bullpen talks entirely and turn to All-Star outfielder Ian Happ, perhaps the trade candidate who gives them the most value this year and next, to stabilize their revolving door in right field. Both options were explored in further depth by our Jordan Lazowski in his recent article – 10 Trades for the White Sox to Consider at the 2022 Deadline.
Of course, the crosstown rivals have somewhat of a recent history at the deadline that makes any rumor worth noting. Though it’s hard for the two sides not to shudder at last year’s blockbuster involving Craig Kimbrel and Nick Madrigal, the move centered around Jose Quintana has worked out rather well for at least one team. Adding another trade to what could be considered a growing list wouldn’t be the most surprising thing
With Rick Hahn recently saying the bullpen is the “most obvious need,” it seems likely we’ll see at least one more reliever join the mix for a second-half run. Whether that arm is Givens or someone a little more intriguing remains to be seen.
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