According to a report from Teddy Greenstein of the Chicago Tribune, a trade of Dodgers’ outfielder Joc Pederson to the Chicago White Sox is still in play.
Remember those reports about the White Sox and Dodgers discussing a deal for outfielder Joc Pederson?
— Chicago Sports (@ChicagoSports) February 17, 2019
The White Sox and Dodgers were previously connected on a potential Pederson deal in mid-January. Greenstein added a trade is not currently close but not to rule it out.
A Pederson trade to Chicago could be on hold while the free agent market continues to settle. Since there is speculation the White Sox are still interested in signing free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, a Pederson trade could be on hold until Harper announces his decision.
Pederson, a 26-year-old, left-handed hitting left fielder, hit .248/.321/.522 with 25 home runs and a 126 wRC+ for the Dodgers last season. He is a career .228/.339/.456 hitter with 87 home runs and a 118 wRC+.
He is currently in a battle with Alex Verdugo for the starting left field job. It would be unfair to them to sit one of them on the bench so the Dodgers would be wise to move one of them for another useful player.
A player to keep an eye on from the White Sox is left-handed reliever Jace Fry. Fry, 25, was a rookie last season so he still has 5 years of team control left. He posted a 4.38 ERA in 51.1 innings, but more importantly, he checks all the boxes for the type of reliever Andrew Friedman would target. His high spin fastball helped him post a 2.67 FIP and 2.95 xFIP while striking out 12.27 per 9. With improved defense behind him, Fry would likely see his ERA get closer to his FIP.
The Dodgers would likely be able to ask for an additional piece back. It would probably be a lower level minor leaguer with some upside, like Bryce Bush.
Ultimately, the Dodgers have a crowded outfield once again and could benefit from moving one of them in a trade.
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