The Chicago White Sox are a young team and have the potential to contend for a World Series title. They proved that last season by finishing with a 35-25 record and reaching the playoffs for the first time since 2008. The White Sox currently have the fifth-best odds to win the World Series in 2021, at +850 according to MLB future odds posted on FanDuel Sportsbook.
However, the offseason isn't quite over yet and the team can still make a few more moves in order to better position themselves heading into Opening Day. With that in mind, here are three moves the White Sox can make before the season starts.
1. Sign Jackie Bradley Jr
The White Sox outfield core is young and promising, but it wouldn't help to bring in a player with experience like Jackie Bradley Jr. He brings great defensive effort to the position and also has a bit of power hitting 28 home runs over the last two seasons. He also brings speed (60 career stolen bases) and a simply quality bat to the lineup (.330 OBP last two seasons). The White Sox signed Adam Eaton to play right field, but he is only a short term fix. Inking Bradley Jr to a contract could allow the team to shore up an outfield spot for at least the new few years.
2. Build Depth at the Catcher Position
The White Sox recently lost catcher James McCann to free agency and now head into the season with Yasmani Grandal ready to be the everyday starter. He is backed up by a young prospect Zach Collins and veteran player Jonathan Lucroy. However, there are a few names still available that should interest the team. For example, free agent Tyler Flowers put together a .322 OBP over the last two seasons and played for the White Sox from 2009-2015. It doesn't have to be Flowers, but the White Sox would benefit from having a backup catcher that has proven to be able to contribute when called upon.
3. Bring in a Veteran Hitter
Another spot in the lineup where the White Sox could use some help is at designated hitter as they are currently projected to swap players like Grandal, Jose Abreu and Eloy Jimenez around in that spot everyday. It wouldn't be a bad idea for the team to sign a veteran DH to be available when needed. That worked for them last year with Edwin Encarnacion before he was lost to free agency this offseason. Current free agent options include Matt Adams, Matt Kemp and Logan Morrison. While none of these names may be super exciting, having a powerful designated hitter has proven to be the best strategy for the White Sox.
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