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With the Oakland Athletics rebuilding, the Chicago White Sox should take advantage of the opportunity and bring back one of their own in right-hander Chris Bassitt.
The South Siders made a GOB Bluth huge mistake by sending Bassitt to Oakland in the 2015 blockbuster deal involving the likes of Marcus Semien going to the A’s and Jeff Samardzija going to the Sox. Semien and Bassitt rose to prominence in Oakland, while Samardzija left Chicago after one season to go play for the San Francisco Giants. Maybe the White Sox can right a wrong here?
With the Athletics about to have a Tobias Fünke fire sale, why would the White Sox not capitalize?
Chicago White Sox should trade for Chris Bassitt with the Oakland Athletics
Bassitt might be on the wrong side of 30 and coming off a career-year, but he has been one of the A’s better pitchers over the last three seasons. Since 2019, Bassitt is 27-11 in 63 starts over 66 games for Oakland. He has a 3.26 ERA and a 1.128 WHIP, averaging 33 starts per a 162-game average. With him being on the final year of his contract and the White Sox in contention, why not?
Chicago is one of a handful of teams that can win the AL pennant. The White Sox should be favored to repeat in the AL Central. However, anything short of an ALCS berth will be seen as a massive disappointment for this contending team. By adding Bassitt to the rotation, it can help get the White Sox into the final four conversation in baseball. They need to go be all-in right now.
If Oakland is planning on dumping salary again, the White Sox need to do some bargain shopping.