Pittsburgh Pirates: Five trade packages for Josh Bell

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 04: Josh Bell #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates bats against the Minnesota Twins on August 4, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 04: Josh Bell #55 of the Pittsburgh Pirates bats against the Minnesota Twins on August 4, 2020 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
5 of 6
Next
Josh Bell Pittsburgh Pirates
(Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /

The White Sox are looking to be contenders and could slot Bell into the DH role

The White Sox made the playoffs for the first time since 2008 last season and are now looking like they will be competing for the next few seasons. If they want to be real World Series contenders the next couple of years they will have to acquire more hitting and Josh Bell could be the answer. He could platoon at first base with the 2020 AL MVP Jose Abreu, with one at first and the other as the DH.

Matthew Thompson is the White Sox 8th ranked prospect and has a low 90’s fastball with a good curveball. The White Sox would be ok with parting with Thompson since he is the White Sox 6th highest ranked pitching prospect and isn’t projected to be up in the majors until 2023.

Micker Adolfo is the White Sox 9th ranked prospect and has a prospect rating for power of 55 (20-80 scale), but his hitting has not progressed like Chicago would hope. In 6 seasons in the minors, Adolfo has a .733 OPS, and he is now 24 and has not played a season in AAA. Because of this, the White Sox would be okay giving him to Pittsburgh and the Pirates could hope that they can unlock Adolfo’s potential. The last piece of the deal is Tyler Johnson, a 25-year-old right-handed relief pitcher who is the White Sox 24th ranked prospect.