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3 Moves the White Sox Should Make Before the MLB Season Starts

Jason Schandl
White Sox roster moves ahead of Opening Day could help position them for a playoff push.
White Sox roster moves ahead of Opening Day could help position them for a playoff push. / Ron Vesely/Getty Images
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The Chicago White Sox may not have expected to be in contention in 2020 when the 2019 MLB season first ended, but things have changed with some key roster moves. After opening at +8000 to win the 2020 World Series, according to FanDuel Sportsbook, they're now tied for 15th in the MLB with +3300 odds to win the World Series heading into Opening Day.

With a bit of a paradigm shift in the offseason, the White Sox fans may be hoping for some more moves with a short-term outlook, which could give them an immediate boost for the season ahead, and possibly improve their +380 odds to win the AL Central.

Here are three moves the White Sox should make before Opening Day.

1. Sign Yasiel Puig

Yasiel Puig during a 2019 matchup with the Phillies.
Yasiel Puig during a 2019 matchup with the Phillies. / David Maxwell/Getty Images

The White Sox were one of the worst teams in the MLB in terms of production in right field in 2019. Their -1.3 wins above replacement (WAR) from the RF spot ranked 29th, ahead of only the Pittsburgh Pirates. The top right fielder (and one of the top players overall) still on the market, Yasiel Puig is an obvious target, especially because he hits lefties significantly better than incumbent Nomar Mazara, who was awful when he didn't have the platoon advantage in 2019. Puig has hit at least .260 with at least 23 homers and 15 steals in each of the last three seasons.

2. Sign Brock Holt

Brock Holt during a 2019 game against the Orioles.
Brock Holt during a 2019 game against the Orioles. / Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/Getty Images

Nick Madrigal is set to spend much of the season at second base, but he's likely to open 2020 in the minors, so there's going to be an early-season hole at second. Brock Holt had a higher 2019 WAR (per Baseball-Reference) than any other 2B still on the market, and that was even with a drop-off after 2018. Holt is a true utility man who can play a wide variety of positions in the field, and that versatility will keep him valuable even when Madrigal gets called up.

3. Bring in Another Source of Power

Yasmani Grandal celebrates against the Nationals in the Wild Card Round.
Yasmani Grandal celebrates against the Nationals in the Wild Card Round. / Rob Carr/Getty Images

Whether this comes in the form of a splash trade for a guy like Nolan Arenado or the signing of a veteran free agent, adding more power to the lineup could give the White Sox offense a big boost. Their .153 isolated power (ISO) was tied for 27th in the MLB in 2019, and White Sox's 182 dingers checked in at 25th. Adding Yasmani Grandal (28 homers, .222 ISO) certainly helps, but taking it a step further could really put this offense in a great spot.


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Jason Schandl is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Jason Schandl also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username Jaymun. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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