With Kyle Lewis ailing and the Mariners preferring to move Jarred Kelenic back to left field next year, Seattle is without a true center fielder for the foreseeable future. Adam Engel, an outcast in the Chicago White Sox outfield, could be a prime trade target to fill that hole.
A former Top-5 organizational prospect with the White Sox, Engel has been replaced by Luis Robert as Chicago’s center fielder, and his future with the team is far from certain. Engel has a career .225/.282/.359 slash line, but that line is heavily skewed by a poor first two seasons of his career; in 2021, he posted a .252/.336/.496 slash line while stealing seven bases in just 39 games.
The White Sox have the worst farm system in baseball, and only have one left-handed pitcher in their Top-30 prospects. Chicago is in win-now mode while also hoping to slowly improve their farm system, so adding a near-MLB ready left-hander with the potential to be nasty out of the bullpen makes sense for them.
Engel, 29, has two years left of club control, and while his 2021 injuries are cause for concern, his on-base, base running, and fielding abilities would provide an immediate upgrade to the end of the Mariners’ lineup.