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Will Derek Holland Be On The Move At The Trade Deadline?

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Will Derek Holland Be On The Move At The Trade Deadline?

White Sox pitcher Derek Holland has had a solid start to the season. Although his record sits a 5-7 and he has a 4.24 ERA, that is due to a rocky patch of games in June. He had rough starts against the Tigers, Rays, and Twins in the month of June, but after his performances against Baltimore and Oakland, it seems Holland is back on the right path.

Derek Holland has also gotten a few losses and no decisions, due to unearned runs, which is dragging his record down. So the question remains: Will Derek Holland be traded? It is certainly possible as the White Sox are looking to add more young talent to the roster and strengthen the rebuild.

The 30-year-old left-hander should certainly draw the eye of a few teams looking to secure a postseason run. In this article, I will present a possible trade that I think would benefit both teams.

Traded To The Cleveland Indians?

The Tribe started off the season a bit slow, coming off the World Series loss last year. The Indians are 39-35, which puts them a half game behind the Twins. With Danny Salazar on the DL once again, they will probably want another pitcher in the rotation before the deadline. Josh Tomlin’s struggles this season are also noteworthy.

Derek Holland could be the missing piece of the rotation that helps the Indians take a commanding lead in the AL Central. A healthy Michael Brantley and impressive prospect Bradley Zimmer create a strong outfield. That in combination with the gold glove caliber infield will most likely cut down on the unfortunate unearned runs Holland has been hurt with.

It is also important to note that Holland is 7-1 with a 2.27 ERA lifetime against the Tribe. Not having to face Holland anymore this season would be nice for the Indians.

The Sox have started the rebuilding process with the trades involving Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, as well as strong draft classes in 2016 and 2017. However, after all of this, it would be beneficial to add another strong outfield prospect.

Trade Options

A trade for Will Benson would help the White Sox rebuild. Benson is a 19-year-old lefty currently playing with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers. He was drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Indians in the 2016 draft. Benson is noted for his impressive arm strength, speed, and power. He would most likely play left or right field in the future.

Another option is to trade for outfielder Greg Allen. Allen is a switch hitter that was drafted back in 2014 and has worked his way through the minors. He is currently with the Akron Rubberducks (Double-A) and has had a solid start to the season. He is hitting .267 with 10 RBIs  9 walks and 9 stolen bases. Allen has impressive speed, strong fielding, and solid contact grades. He is everything the Sox could want in a future leadoff hitter.

If the White Sox can work out a trade for either Greg Allen or Will Benson it would be a good addition to the rebuilding effort.