3 Moves the White Sox Need to Make Before the 2022 MLB Season Starts

Devon Platana
Three moves that the Chicago White Sox need to make before the 2022 MLB season starts.
Three moves that the Chicago White Sox need to make before the 2022 MLB season starts. / Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports
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The Chicago White Sox finished the 2021 MLB season with a 93-69 record — their best win total since 2005. Now, they'll look to take the next step forward in 2022, however, there are still some improvements that could be made.

The White Sox can use free agency and the trade market to flesh out their roster in the coming weeks. With Opening Day right around the corner, here's a look at three moves that Chicago needs to make before the 2022 MLB season begins.

White Sox Offseason Moves

1. Add a Veteran Reliever to the Bullpen

The White Sox had one of the better bullpens in the MLB last season, with their relievers combining for a 3.83 ERA. If they're to take that next step forward, it doesn't hurt to load up the bullpen with as many reliable arms as possible. They added Joe Kelly on Monday, but why stop there? Names like Bryan Shaw, Sean Doolittle and Dellin Betances are all experienced names who could help the White Sox cement themselves as true contenders. Even if it isn't one of the bigger names, a deep bullpen is key to any potential World Series run.

2. Trade for Luis Castillo

The Cincinnati Reds are looking to cut more payroll, made evident by them trading starting pitcher Sonny Gray to the Minnesota Twins on Sunday. Rumors indicate that they could also move SP Luis Castillo, who is someone the White Sox should be all over if he's available. The backend of Chicago's rotation is lacking and adding the 29-year-old vet to the mix would help a lot. Although Castillo had an 8-16 record in 33 starts last season, his 3.98 ERA indicates that he could be of more use on a better team like the White Sox. He's also eligible for arbitration in 2023, giving Chicago at least one more year to control his fate.

3. Sign Michael Conforto

The White Sox need a legitimate right fielder after Andrew Vaughn and Gavin Sheets manned the position last year. One impressive RF that they can sign on the open market is Michael Conforto. The 29-year-old veteran brings 757 games worth of MLB experience with him, along with 132 home runs and 396 RBIs. The 2021 campaign was his worst since his rookie year, but playing for a winning organization in Chicago could be enough to get him back into the swing of things. Besides, even if Conforto gets hurt or starts to slump, the White Sox would be fortunate enough to have Vaughn and Sheets as backup options while they continue to develop.

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