Viewed as contenders before the 2022 MLB season began, the Chicago White Sox wound up being pretenders. A mixture of injuries, underperformances and Tony La Russa's health issues caused the White Sox to go 81-81, failing to make the playoffs for the first time since 2019.
General manager Rick Hahn will be busy this offseason trying to get the White Sox to a place where they can end their 17-year championship drought in the 2023 season. Unfortunately, tough decisions must be made with free agency around the corner, meaning many players have likely already played their last game in a White Sox jersey.
Here are three White Sox players who won't be returning for the 2023 MLB campaign.
White Sox Roster Rumors
1. Jose Abreu, 1B
Jose Abreu has spent his entire MLB career with the White Sox, mashing 243 home runs and 863 RBIs in 1,270 games. However, Abreu is slated to become a free agent and it was only a few days ago that USA Today's Bob Nightengale reported that the White Sox plan on letting the veteran first baseman test free agency. While Abreu has been nothing but loyal to the South Side, he hit a career-low 15 HRs in 157 games despite being paid nearly $20 million in 2022. Even with that underwhelming performance, the 35-year-old knows that former MVPs are always in demand and can likely field a bigger offer on the open market than what Chicago is willing to pay. Unless the team does a complete 180, expect to see Abreu elsewhere.
2. AJ Pollock, OF
Traded to the White Sox back in April, AJ Pollock ended up being one of the team's healthiest outfielders. Unfortunately, ended up recording fewer HRs and RBIs (14 and 56, respectively) than he did last year (21 and 69) despite seeing 105 more at-bats in 2022. On top of that, Pollock's .245 batting average was the second-worst mark of his career and he even struggled at times defensively, tallying seven errors across all three outfield positions. The 34-year-old can return on his $5 million player option, but that's also an $8 million decrease from what he made this season. If he's hoping to make more, his best bet is the open market. Besides, with this having been his first season in the AL, he might want to get over to an NL club in hopes of a bounce-back year.
3. Lucas Giolito, SP
Before the 2022 campaign began, the White Sox reportedly offered Lucas Giolito a four-year, $50 million contract. Instead, the two sides agreed on a one-year, $7.45 million deal in arbitration as the hurler chose to bet on himself. Much to his dismay, Giolito didn't have the best year, going 11-9 with a 4.90 ERA in 30 starts — a disappointment after he finished 13th in the 2021 AL Cy Young voting. While Giolito is still arbitration-eligible, his play has worsened over the last four seasons and the White Sox may not be as interested in a long-term contract as they were seven months ago. A fresh start might be best for both sides and with one arbitration year remaining, maybe Chicago can get a prospect or two in exchange for Giolito's services.
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