Report: White Sox have plans to part ways with Giolito after 2023 originally appeared nbc sports chicago
to say things haven't gone The way the White Sox' season will be lacking this spring. The team came into the year hoping to prove their 81–81 finish in 2022 was an anomaly, and that they would return to the playoffs in 2023. The key would be to stay healthy.
Of course, the white Sox have been anything but healthy. Just a few weeks into the season, his injured list already resembled a CVS receipt. Things finally appeared to be turning around in early May, but the team was dealt another blow when Eloy Jimenez needed a middle-of-the-night hospital visit. appendectomy later this week,
Heading into Sunday's series finale with the Reds, the White Sox have an 11-23 record and are eight games out of first place in the division. But it's not just injuries that have held the White Sox back this year.
Bob Nightengale said, “The White Sox have the Bermuda Triangle of lousy hitting, terrible pitching, and terrible defense.” in his latest column,
According to Nightengale, there are going to be some changes down south if things don't change.
Nightengale said, “If the Rangers wait, they could choose veteran Joe Kelly or Kendall Graveman if the Chicago White Sox are out of the running by July.”
While the decision to move Kelly or Graveman may come closer to the trade deadline, it appears the White Sox have already made up their mind about one of their starters.
Nightingale said, “The White Sox do not plan to keep starter Lucas Giolito after this season, and will make him available at the trade deadline if he is out of the running.”
Giolito is playing on a one-year deal this season, so he is set to become a free agent after this year. Not too long ago it seemed that Giolito would be a part of the team's future for years to come. From 2019-2021 he had a 3.47 ERA to go along with a 1.076 WHIP and a 526/127 K/BB ratio. But his play dipped last year, and he finished 2022 with a 4.90 ERA and 1.495 WHIP. Through seven starts this season, Giolito's performance has been somewhere between his former dominance and last year's disappointment.
If the White Sox don't make any sort of comeback move in the coming months, it's fair to assume they won't just move one or two players at the deadline. However, according to Nightengale the White Sox wanted to keep at least a large piece of the pitching staff.
“The White Sox are definitely planning on picking up a $15 million option on Liam Hendricks in 2024 for close to $15 million, considering the buyout is also $15 million.”