After the Chicago White Sox’s 9-4 loss to the Houston Astros, White Sox fans are frustrated that the team traded Nick Madrigal for Craig Kimbrel.
While the July 30 trade for Trea Turner and Max Scherzer worked for the Los Angeles Dodgers, another last-minute trade has not gone so well for baseball fans.
On the last day of the 2021 trade deadline, the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs traded key players across the city that may have affected their playoff careers. Cubs pitcher Craig Kimbrel went to the White Sox, while second baseman Nick Madrigal and Codi Heuer went to the Cubs.
The Cubs landed near the bottom of the NL Central with a 71-91 record, while the White Sox dominated the AL Central with 93-69. But that July 30 trade may have shortened the White Sox postseason.
At the time of the trade, Kimbrel was considered “arguably the best reliever in baseball over the course of the season.”
White Sox fans would have preferred Nick Madrigal to Craig Kimbrel
Brett Taylor of Bleacher Nation described exactly how the White Sox-Astros ALDS game got out of hand with Kimbrel on the mound:
“Going into a tough situation in the seventh inning of today’s ALDS Game Two against the Astros, Kimbrel was tasked with keeping the Astros’ lead at just one. With one out and two runners, Kimbrel was able to record one out coming in, but then he gave up a double rocket and a rocket home run to put the game out of reach. “
The result led fans to sigh for his former second baseman and pitcher, who debuted in the 2020 season.
Others argued that despite today’s result, that doesn’t mean the trade was necessarily bad for the White Sox.
Currently, the White Sox have a $ 16 million option on Kimbrel through 2022.