White Sox Are Being Disrespected by Odds to Win AL Central Following Strong Offseason

Tristan Jung
The Chicago White Sox' odds to win the AL Central are underrating them after a big offseason.
The Chicago White Sox' odds to win the AL Central are underrating them after a big offseason. / Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Chicago White Sox are going for it. After a decade of mediocrity, the White Sox have a shot at making the playoffs for the first time since 2008. Led by young stars and reinforced by offseason signings, this should be the best White Sox team in years.

However, the oddsmakers aren't very high on their chances. FanDuel Sportsbook gives them +350 odds to win the AL Central, despite the fact that the Kansas City Royals and Detroit Tigers are completely out of the race before the season begins. The Minnesota Twins lead at -175 with the Cleveland Indians well behind at +310.

The White Sox are finally seeing their highly-touted prospects enter the major leagues. Third baseman Yoan Moncada and outfielder Eloy Jimenez are already up and had solid seasons in 2019. They should only get better in 2020.

White Sox fans should also see outfielder Luis Robert, the No. 1 prospect in baseball, in the majors in 2020. Robert is a dynamic center fielder who had a .974 OPS in Triple-A. Second baseman Nick Madrigal and starter Michael Kopech are also expected to be in the majors as well. The delayed start to the season makes it far more likely that we see all of the White Sox stars sooner rather than later.

In addition to their prospects, the White Sox made significant additions in the offseason. Yasmani Grandal was signed to a long-term deal to be the starting catcher. Since Grandal has been one of the best defensive and offensive catchers in baseball, that should be huge for the team's pitching staff. Nomar Mazara was acquired via trade from the Rangers for a great price. They also signed veterans like Dallas Keuchel, Gio Gonzalez, and Steve Cishek to fill out the rotation and bullpen.

While the White Sox didn't win many games, they had many individual breakouts last year. Shortstop Tim Anderson won the AL batting title after raising his average from .240 to .335 and became a fan favorite. The White Sox were thrilled with the progress of Lucas Giolito, who blossomed into a legitimate ace. Aaron Bummer and Alex Colome established themselves as a lockdown relievers.

All of these positive signs indicate that the White Sox are a team on the rise. There will be growing pains, but the White Sox are far more talented than their odds to win the division suggest. If everything comes together, they can challenge the Twins.

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