The White Sox most recent trade with every MLB team
Baseball teams make an awful lot of trades, and the White Sox are no exception. Test your memory by cycling through the White Sox most recent trade with every one of the other 29 major league teams.
Angels: Gordon Beckham
The White Sox sent one-time uber-prospect Gordon Beckham to Anaheim in August 2014 in exchange for a player to be named later. Following a fifth-place finish in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 2009, he failed to blossom into the star the White Sox hoped he’d become when they used the No. 8 pick on him during the first round of the 2008 draft. The player to be named later was Yency Almonte, who the White Sox flipped for Tommy Kahnle a year later. Beckham returned to the White Sox in 2015 to play 100 more games for the team that drafted him.
Astros: Tyler Clippard
Tyler Clippard’s White Sox tenure lasted all of 25 days. Acquired in that seven-player deal that sent Todd Frazier, David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle to the Yankees in July 2017, Clippard was flipped to the Astros not a month later for cash. He pitched in just 11 games with the White Sox — including picking up a pair of saves — but likely had a better time being part of an Astros team that went on to win the World Series.
Athletics: Trayce Thompson
The White Sox acquired Jeff Samardzija and Brett Lawrie in relatively recent deals with the Swingin’ A’s, but the most recent player they acquired from Oakland was Trayce Thompson, who came over in exchange for cash in April 2018. It was Thompson’s return to the organization after the White Sox dealt him away in that three-team Todd Frazier trade in 2015. Thompson’s second stint with the South Siders featured a walk-off home run but woefully unimpressive numbers: a .116/.163/.215 line in 48 games.
Blue Jays: Dioner Navarro
In the middle of his final season in the majors, the White Sox shipped Dioner Navarro north of the border in August 2016, receiving prospect Colton Turner in return. Turner pitched for Triple-A Charlotte last season, with a 5.48 ERA. Navarro played in three postseason games with the 2016 Jays, getting a hit in each of his two at-bats. More relevant to White Sox fans, he served up the monster home run that Luis Robert hit in Durham last season.
Braves: Scott Linebrink
The White Sox dealt away a member of their most recent postseason bullpen following the 2010 season. In three years on the South Side, Scott Linebrink had a 4.28 ERA in 159 relief appearances. His 2011 season in Atlanta was his last in the big leagues. The White Sox acquired minor league pitcher Kyle Cofield in this deal. He never pitched in the majors.
Brewers: Xavier Cedeno
After sending their closer, Joakim Soria, to the Beer City in July 2018, the White Sox made another deal with the Brew Crew in August of the same year, shipping another relief arm, Xavier Cedeno, there. Cedeno was excellent for both teams in 2018. He had a 2.84 ERA in 33 relief appearances on the South Side before posting a 1.13 ERA in 15 appearances with Milwaukee. Of the two pitching prospects the White Sox received in the deal, Bryan Connell hasn’t pitched above Rookie ball, and Johan Dominguez had a 2.98 ERA in 90.2 innings for Class A Kannapolis last season.
Cardinals: Zach Duke for Charlie Tilson
Left-hander Zach Duke did good work out of the White Sox ‘pen during his two seasons on the South Side, with a 3.11 ERA in 124 appearances. Rick Hahn traded him away on deadline day in 2016, acquiring a speedy outfield prospect in local product Charlie Tilson. Tilson was injured in his major league debut but returned to the majors two years later. All told, he played in 96 games for the South Siders.
Cubs: Jose Quintana for Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease
Arguably the finest trade Rick Hahn has made as the White Sox general manager, it was a rare swap between the two Crosstown rivals. Jose Quintana was an All Star in 2016, and Hahn dealt him to a contending Cubs team that craved pitching in exchange for two of the better prospects in the game. Eloy Jimenez and Dylan Cease spent the 2018 season putting up some of the best numbers in the minor leagues, and both made their major league debuts last season. Jimenez smacked 31 home runs as a rookie — including a game-winning shot against the Cubs — while Cease saw some less than ideal results in his first handful of starts as a big leaguer. The former has sent expectations sky high that Jimenez could be a true superstar, while the latter did little to impact hopes that Cease will be a key cog in the next contending White Sox rotation.
Diamondbacks: Ryan Burr
After attending Arizona State University, Ryan Burr stayed in the Valley of the Sun, picked by the D-backs in the fifth round of the 2015 draft. Two summers later, he was on his way to the White Sox, acquired in exchange for some international bonus money. The 25-year-old Burr has a 5.52 ERA in 29.1 innings with the White Sox and is currently on the mend from Tommy John surgery.
Dodgers: Manny Banuelos
Rick Hahn’s scouting department saw something in Manny Banuelos, who spent many mostly injured seasons in the Dodgers organization after his one-time status as a top pitching prospect. Things didn’t go well for Banuelos during the 2019 season, though. He made eight starts and 16 appearances overall, knocked around to the tune of a 6.93 ERA in 50.2 innings. Surprisingly, the young infielder the White Sox gave up in this deal had an excellent 2019 in the Dodgers’ minor league system. Justin Yurchak hit .321/.418/.571 in 64 games.
Giants: Conor Gillaspie
After getting limited major league opportunities with the Giants, Conor Gillaspie came to the South Side and played in 322 games in three seasons. He put together a .260/.314/.397 slash line in those games. The pitching prospect the White Sox dealt away, Jeff Soptic, never pitched above A-ball.
Indians: Yonder Alonso
This move seemed like a fine idea at the time. Rick Hahn dealt outfield prospect Alex Call from an area of surplus for a proven veteran hitter who could complement Jose Abreu in the middle of a rebuilding lineup in 2019. Instead, Yonder Alonso’s production was non-existent. He hit .178 with a .275 on-base percentage in 67 games and was designated for assignment in late June.
Mariners: Omar Narvaez for Alex Colome
Alex Colome had a very nice first season in a White Sox uniform in 2019, saving 30 games to bring his save total since the start of the 2016 season to a whopping 126. It was a fine move for the White Sox, even if Omar Narvaez broke out in a big way last season with the M’s, hitting 22 home runs, including a walk-off homer off Colome.
Marlins: Dan Jennings
The White Sox sent Andre Rienzo, Major League Baseball’s first Brazilian-born pitcher, to South Florida in exchange for reliever Dan Jennings in December 2014. Jennings spent three seasons as a productive member of the South Side relief corps, posting a 3.12 ERA. Rienzo only pitched in 14 games for the Fish.
Mets: Ramon Castro
The White Sox sent Lance Broadway to Broadway in exchange for backup catcher Ramon Castro in May 2009. Broadway had a 4.69 ERA in his 19 games with the White Sox. He didn’t even get into half that many with the Mets before his big league career came to a close later that year. Castro actually spent two and a half seasons on the South Side following this trade, but his most memorable contribution came later in 2009, when he caught Mark Buehrle’s perfect game.
Nationals: Ryan Raburn
Half a year after the rebuild-jumpstarting trade that sent Adam Eaton to the Nats in exchange for Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning, there was a White Sox-Nationals trade featuring Ryan Raburn. White Sox fans will know him best as the longtime White Sox killer with the Tigers. In 122 games against the South Siders, he hit .296/.354/.518 with 22 homers and 82 RBIs. But he was briefly with White Sox, playing 27 games with Triple-A Charlotte in 2017. He never made it to the bigs with the White Sox but got them some cash in the trade with the Nationals.
Orioles: Alejandro De Aza
In an August deal in 2014, the White Sox shipped one of their longtime outfielders to Baltimore in exchange for a pair of prospects. Alejandro De Aza spent five seasons on the South Side, putting together a .270/.335/.405 slash line in 479 games. He memorably hit two home runs off Ricky Nolasco on Opening Day of the season he was traded. The two prospects? Minor league pitchers Mark Blackmar and Miguel Chalas, neither of whom pitched in the majors.
Padres: Fernando Tatis Jr. for James Shields
This one still haunts White Sox fans. Trying to salvage a hot start to the 2016 season, Rick Hahn acquired a proven veteran starter who’d twice been to the World Series. Though he logged more than 200 innings in his final season on the South Side, James Shields didn’t work out the way anyone hoped from a results standpoint. Worse, the 17-year-old infielder who Hahn traded away turned into one of the game’s best young talents. Fernando Tatis Jr. is now starring for the Fathers, fresh off a stellar rookie season: a .317/.379/.590 slash line with 22 homers in just 84 games.
Phillies: Luis Avilan
Thome, Rowand, Garcia, Iguchi, Floyd, Gonzalez. The list of players swapped between these two teams is an interesting one. But most recently, it was Luis Avilan who went from the South Side to the City of Brotherly Love. Avilan had a 3.86 ERA in 58 games with the White Sox in 2018. He went to the Phillies in August and had a 3.18 ERA in 12 games. Rick Hahn brought back pitching prospect Felix Paulino in that deal. Paulino has pitched in just 21 games for White Sox minor league affiliates since joining the organization.
Pirates: Ivan Nova
Ivan Nova ended up being a valuable addition to one rebuilding year of the White Sox pitching. After a poor start that included a 5.58 ERA in the first half of the season, he had a 3.72 ERA after the All-Star break. The prospect sent away in that trade, Yordi Rosario, hasn’t pitched above Rookie ball with the Bucs.
Rangers: Nomar Mazara
The White Sox big move of the Winter Meetings wasn’t as big as those they made before and after, but they got a new everyday right fielder in a deal with the Rangers. Nomar Mazara hit 79 homers and drove in 308 runs in his four big league seasons in the Metroplex, and the White Sox front office believes there’s more production waiting to come out. They sent outfield prospect Steele Walker, their second-round pick in 2018, to Texas in the trade.
Rays: Dan Jennings
As part of the unloading of the bullpen during the rebuilding year in 2017, the White Sox sent Dan Jennings to St. Pete. He had three productive seasons pitching out of the South Side bullpen, with a 3.12 ERA. In exchange, the White Sox acquired first base prospect Casey Gillaspie (brother of Conor). He slashed .220/.285/.325 at Triple-A Charlotte in 2018. He played independent ball last season.
Red Sox: Chris Sale for Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech
One of Rick Hahn’s signature trades to kickstart the White Sox rebuilding effort, this one looks like a winner at the moment. The Red Sox used Chris Sale, arguably the best pitcher in White Sox history, to win a world championship in 2018. But the White Sox added two star pieces to their collection of young talent and have big plans for both to remain important core pieces of the big league squad for years to come. Yoan Moncada broke out last season and emerged as the best all-around player on the team. Michael Kopech is through his recovery from Tommy John surgery and has hopes of delivering the fireballing future he’s long been expected to have.
Reds: Todd Frazier
This three-team swap also involved the Dodgers, but the big return piece came to the South Side from Cincinnati. Todd Frazier was a part of that dysfunctional 2016 group that sparked the White Sox rebuild. But any negative memories of his South Side tenure obscure a hefty amount of power production. Frazier blasted 40 home runs during that 2016 season, one of the top 10 totals in franchise history and a number greater than any put up by someone not named Thomas, Konerko, Thome, Dunn, Dye or Belle.
Rockies: Tommy Kahnle
Tommy Kahnle had a 4.41 ERA in two big league seasons in Denver, but the change of scenery following the 2015 season did him good. He was excellent out of the bullpen with the White Sox, posting a 2.63 ERA in 29 relief appearances in 2016, then turning in a 2.50 ERA in 37 relief appearances in 2017 before getting dealt as part of that seven-player deal with the Yankees that also included Todd Frazier and David Robertson. The White Sox gave up minor league pitcher Yency Almonte in the Kahnle deal. He had a 5.56 ERA in 28 relief appearances for Colorado at the big league level last season.
Royals: Joakim Soria
Rick Hahn acquired a pair of veteran relievers in a three-team trade with the Dodgers and Royals ahead of the 2018 campaign. Joakim Soria came over following his second stint with the division-rival Royals and did a pretty good job as the White Sox closer for half a season, posting a 2.56 ERA and saving 16 games before being traded to the Brewers at the deadline.
Tigers: Avisail Garcia
The three-team deal that sent Jake Peavy away from the South Side reeled in Avisail Garcia from the division-rival Tigers. Garcia’s White Sox tenure was mostly a disappointing one, but he had one fantastic season in 2017, making the All-Star team and ending the year with the second highest batting average (.330) and the sixth highest on-base percentage (.380) in the American League.
Twins: Francisco Liriano
It’s been a while, since July 2012, since these division rivals made a deal. The White Sox acquired Francisco Liriano for their ill-fated playoff push that season, and it did not go very well. He had a 5.40 ERA in 12 games. The deal is probably now more notable for one of the players the White Sox sent to the Twin Cities. Eduardo Escobar has been in the majors for nine seasons now but didn’t really break out until 2018. He was sent to the Diamondbacks that season, and he was phenomenal for them in 2019, with 35 home runs, 118 RBIs and a major league leading 10 triples.
Yankees: Caleb Frare
You thought you were going to be reading about that seven-player swap from 2017 again, but the most recent deal between these two teams was the one that brought pitching prospect Caleb Frare to the South Side in 2018 in exchange for some international bonus money. Frare has gotten his major league opportunities but struggled to hold onto them. In 16 relief appearances over two separate stints with the big league club, he has a 6.52 ERA.