Lucas Giolito has pitched well for the Chicago White Sox, but his team has struggled throughout the year.
It has been a miserable year for the White Sox, as they find themselves in fourth place in the American League Central, 6 games behind the Minnesota Twins. They have a 32-44 record as the team approaches midseason, and they would be buried in nearly any other division. However, in the American League Central, they can still see the 38-38 Twins and believe they are still in contention.
But if the White Sox actually think they still have a chance, they are fooling themselves. They have a talented roster, but they have failed to play consistent team baseball at any point this season. A lack of defense, hustle and clutch hitting has buried them behind every divisional rival with the exception of the Kansas City Royals.
Vice president/general manager Rick Hahn may not want to admit it for the record, but the White Sox should be sellers prior to the August 1 trade deadline. Giolito could be one of the most attractive asset the South Siders have and it's clear that a number of teams would be interested in his services.
Giolito has a 5-4 record with a 3.54 earned run average along with 89 strikeouts in 86.1 inning. He has allowed 13 home runs to this point in the season, and that's a concern, but Giolito has a solid fastball and an excellent slider that he uses as his out pitch.
Here's a look at three possible trade partners for the right-handed pitcher.
Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers have a huge need for pitching help this season. They need both starters and relievers, and Giolito could clearly fill the team's need for a starter. The Dodgers have had multiple injuries and they have also had a difficult time finding consistency among their starters.