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Chicago White Sox are receiving a lot of trade interest

Chicago White Sox are receiving a lot of trade interest

The MLB trade deadline is more than a month away.

But Chicago White Sox general manager Chris Getz says he’s already been teased regularly by teams showing interest in potential deals.

“I would say it’s picked up even more recently,” Getz said before Tuesday’s game against the Houston Astros at Guaranteed Rate Field. “And I would expect that it won’t slow down — and that’s OK, because as we look to rebuild this organization, one of the better ways to do it might be on the trade front.”

The Sox could be among the busy teams heading into the July 30 trade deadline.

“We are approaching the trade deadline and there is certainly a lot of interest in our players,” Getz said. “There are times when I take a player aside, and I know they, or their family, are reading some of the rumors that are out there.

“And I try to be as honest as I can and let them know if there’s truth to it or not so we can put them in a good position to have a successful night.”

Getz said there are a “handful of conversations” happening every day with other teams.

“I’ve already had a few today,” Getz said, “and I’m probably expecting a few more before the end of today.”

White Sox center fielder Luis Robert Jr.  hits a solo home run during the third inning on June 13, 2024 in Seattle.  (John Froschauer/AP)
White Sox center fielder Luis Robert Jr. hits a solo home run during the third inning on June 13, 2024 in Seattle. (John Froschauer/AP)

Speculation is in full swing, with starters Garrett Crochet and Erick Fedde and outfielders Luis Robert Jr. and Tommy Pham are among those potentially drawing interest, based on reports from around the country.

“An investigative team would have to bring something that’s pretty important for us to get some of these guys,” Getz said.

The Sox made a major move prior to the season, sending starter Dylan Cease to the San Diego Padres for four players, including pitcher Drew Thorpe.

“Because Dylan was an attractive player for so many different organizations, I believe it gave us an edge when it comes to knowing organizations, whether that’s Garrett or someone else,” Getz said. “Having such a valuable player like Dylan in my first offseason as general manager has allowed me to build relationships with other general managers and get to know other organizations. So I feel like we’re well positioned when we think the time is right.”

Getz said that when it comes to Crochet, who is having a breakout year as a major league starter, the Sox are “focused more than anything on helping him navigate this season.”

“He is just beginning his career as a starting pitcher and he has proven to baseball and to the world that he is one of the best in the game,” Getz said. “I think I can say to any fan that if they know he’s on the mound, whether it’s our team or another team, your club has a good chance to win. We continue to figure out what is best for the organization regarding Garrett, but we are primarily focused on getting him started (Tuesday) and continuing to map out the rest of the year.

When it comes to potential returns, Getz says generally the priority is bringing talent into the organization, whether it’s on the pitching side or the position player side.

How quickly deals are done remains to be seen.

“The easiest way to judge the pace at which this will happen is the other side and their interest,” Getz said. “If we feel like the supply is so great that we can’t really wait for it, we will do that.