The Major League Baseball trade deadline is quickly approaching and the disappointing Chicago White Sox are likely to be sellers.
The White Sox are 40-55 and it would appear as though Chicago will be looking to trade away some of their top talent in the next couple of weeks.
Why White Sox pitcher Lucas Giolito is a good fit for the Reds.
Even in a poor year for the Chicago White Sox, Lucas Giolito is 6-5 with a 3.45 ERA in 2023. The 29-year-old would be a great addition to the pennant-contending Cincinnati Reds who are looking to upgrade their starting rotation.
Giolito,a first-round pick back in 2012, boasts a 2.45 ERA over his last seven starts. That type of production from the mound could certainly enhance Cincinnati's playoff chances, especially with top starters like Hunter Greene and Nick Lodolo on the injured list.
Adding a veteran pitcher like Giolito to help lead Greene and Lodolo, and assist in the development of rookie hurler Andrew Abbott, could be invaluable for a Reds pitching staff that has been sending Luke Weaver to the mound every fifth day.
Giolito will be a free agent at the end of the season, so one would expect to see several contenders going after the former All-Star hot and heavy at the MLB trade deadline. The Reds farm system certainly has enough talent to secure Giolito's services, but Nick Krall and Cincinnati's front office would need to avoid giving up too much for a rental.
If the Cincinnati Reds are going to make a push for the playoffs, adding a veteran with Lucas Giolito's resumé would definitely increase their chances. A starting rotation of Giolito, Hunter Greene, Nick Lodolo, Andrew Abbott, and Graham Ashcraft would be perfect for the stretch run.