Examining the Pittsburgh Pirates Best Potential Trade Partners

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: Manager Derek Shelton #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks across the field before the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: Manager Derek Shelton #17 of the Pittsburgh Pirates walks across the field before the game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /
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BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JULY 09: Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 09, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – JULY 09: Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates during the game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on July 09, 2021 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

Chicago White Sox

The White Sox would make a great fit for the Pittsburgh Pirates for a few reasons. One, they’ve suffered a whole lot of injuries to players this past season. They lost young, star outfielders Eloy Jimenez during Spring Training and then Luis Robert early in the season. Then they lost Nick Madrigal in June. Offseason signee Adam Eaton severely underperformed and has since been released.

They’ve essentially been playing players out of position because of injuries. Top corner infield prospect Jake Burger was moved to second base for the time being. Top first base prospect Andrew Vaughn has spent most of his season in left field. Though they have gotten solid production from their fill-in players. Burger is performing well with the bat, and corner outfielder/first baseman Gavin Sheets is also doing well. Brian Goodwin, Adam Engel, and Leury Garcia are also producing at a fair rate.

Though the chances they rely on a spotty cast of characters to a playoff-bound team is low. Most of the players I mentioned who are playing fill-in have about 100 or even fewer plate appearances. The Sox have been in the market for an infielder for a while now. They’ve previously been connected to Adam Frazier, as well as another NL All-Star in Eduardo Escobar, and 2021 Home Run Derby participant Trevor Story.