Chicago White Sox do not have to do anything at trade deadline

Apr 29, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada (10) celebrates with centerfielder Luis Robert (88) and second baseman Nick Madrigal (1) after hitting a three-run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning of the second game of a doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 29, 2021; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada (10) celebrates with centerfielder Luis Robert (88) and second baseman Nick Madrigal (1) after hitting a three-run home run against the Detroit Tigers during the fifth inning of the second game of a doubleheader at Guaranteed Rate Field. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago White Sox are in an enviable position. They currently hold an eight game lead in the AL Central, the largest lead of any division. The Cleveland Indians, the only other team in the division that is currently over .500, may end up as sellers. Even though it is the middle of July, the White Sox have a clear path to the postseason with few reasons as to why they will not be playing in October.

This leaves the White Sox as clear buyers at the trade deadline. More than any other team, their path appears to be set. And yet, the White Sox may not do much of anything.

Chicago White Sox upgrades coming from within

The White Sox have been one of the better teams in the American League in every facet of the game. Although they rank 14th in the league in homers, they are third in runs scored and fifth in OPS entering Friday’s action. With Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert expected back in the relatively near future, those numbers should improve.

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Likewise, the White Sox pitching staff has been solid. They are second in the AL with a 3.58 ERA, striking out a league leading 885 batters. Although Lucas Giolito has taken a step backwards this season, Lance Lynn has been a perfect addition to the rotation, and Carlos Rodon has finally taken that step forward that the team had been waiting for over the past few years.

There are areas that the White Sox could look to improve. The back of the rotation has been somewhat shaky as Dallas Keuchel has not been the same pitcher he was in the past. Another bullpen arm would always be welcome. And there is never any harm in looking to improve the depth on the bench.

But those are minor issues compared to what other contenders are facing. The White Sox can afford to be patient and to see if they can land those upgrades at the price they want. Otherwise, there is no real need for Chicago to do anything other than wait to get healthy at this point.

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The Chicago White Sox are in an enviable spot. Not only is their place in the postseason seemingly assured, but they do not need to add to the roster.