The Detroit Tigers trade Jonathan Schoop to the Chicago White Sox
Our FanSided affiliated site Southside Showdown discussed a Bob Nightengale rumor about the White Sox trading for Diamondbacks’ second baseman Eduardo Escobar so that might be a possibility.
Would Chicago trade with a division rival? The chances of this are slim but the Tigers did acquire Willi Castro from Cleveland for another one-year deal, Leonys Martin. One player that has some upside to him in terms of his run, hit, fielding, and arm tool is Blake Rutherford.
A former high pick (1st round, 18th pick overall in the 2016 MLB draft) by the New York Yankees, he was traded to Chicago back in 2017 in the David Robertson trade. He is a lefty bat who just turned 24.
Why Rutherford? If I am being realistic here, he does not appear to be in the long term plans for the White Sox with Micker Adolfo in Double-A (I like him too but I don’t see Chicago parting with him) and in High-A, the recently signed Cuban outfielder Yoelqui Cespedes and expecting to sign the highly regarded Cuban outfielder Oscar Colas.
Rutherford for a contract in Schoop that is expiring in a few months is worth taking a flyer on. The Tigers’ outfield depth is rather alarming shallow if they do not decide to bring up Jacob Robson or give Christin Stewart another chance if an injury happens. Rutherford spent time in 2020 bulking up to add some power to his profile. He projects to play either corner outfield spot.
The White Sox may move to get Escobar quickly so this trade idea of the three is the weakest one but Chicago seems to have an army of minor league reliever arms that they could help out Detroit.