Early Thursday morning, Chicago White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn pulled the trigger on a trade with division rival Cleveland Indians. The White Sox were also pursuing a deal with the Colorado Rockies for shortstop Trevor Story.
After trade talks with the Rockies stalled, the White Sox decided to move on and trade for 31-year-old second baseman Cesar Hernandez.
Hernandez is hitting .231 on the year with 47 RBI’s and a 0.9 WAR. Hernandez also has 18 home runs, which instantly puts him as the team’s leader in that category along with 1B Jose Abreu.
The Chicago White Sox are finalizing a deal to acquire second baseman Cesar Hernandez from Cleveland, sources tell ESPN.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 29, 2021
White Sox have long been in the market for a second baseman. And now they get one in the 31-year-old Hernandez, who is hitting .231/.307/.431 with 18 homers.
In exchange for Hernandez, the Indians will receive double-A LHP Konnor Pilkington. The 23-year-old has posted a 4-4 record with 71 strikeouts and a 3.48 ERA in double-A this year.
It is not Adam Frazier or Eduardo Escobar, but the White Sox certainly got better by adding some much-needed pop to their lineup with Hernandez, along with solid defense at second.
In addition, the White Sox have also made a deal with the crosstown rival Chicago Cubs. The White Sox have traded LHP Minor leaguer Bailey Horn in exchange for RHP Ryan Tepera.
The Chicago White Sox are in agreement on a deal to acquire reliever Ryan Tepera from the Chicago Cubs, pending medicals, according to sources familiar with the situation.— Robert Murray (@ByRobertMurray) July 29, 2021
This move will greatly help bolster the White Sox bullpen, which has been struggling late in ball games all season long.
In 2021, Ryan Tepera has appeared in 43 games for the Cubs, posting an 0-2 record, a 2.91 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, and 50 strikeouts.
After a generally quiet week from the White Sox front office, Rick Hahn has now made two solid moves to help the first place White Sox. It remains to be seen if Rick Hahn will make more trades before the deadline.
The MLB trade deadline is Friday July 30 at 4 P.M. Eastern Time.