The White Sox offseason has been focused on dealing veteran talent in an effort to improve the farm system. By adding talented prospects, the White Sox are vastly improving their long-term success while hurting their short-term success.
However no White Sox fan will be complaining if this rebuild leads to a World Series.
Yet the South Siders can’t go an entire offseason without signing any free agents. By moving their MLB talent, they will need to bring in outside pieces to fill the roster.
White Sox fans have seen this once already this offseason as the team signed pitcher Derek Holland to a one year deal. Chicago has already traded one pitcher in Chris Sale and seems likely to move another in Jose Quintana. Holland will be able to fill one of those holes in the pitching rotation left by trade.
While Holland is currently the White Sox only major league signing of the 2016 offseason, a new report states that General Manager Rick Hahn and company are monitoring the market for another type of free agent.
The Orioles, Blue Jays and Rangers are very likely to land one of these sluggers (or another one in trade; Jay Bruce has been mentioned prominently in trades) while the Rays have been linked to at least Bautista and the Giants, Phillies, White Sox and Angels are said to be eying things from a comfortable distance, with the possibility to jump in.
He goes on to say:
the Chisox and Angels involvement may depend on other moves, such as the trade of an outfielder.
The White Sox interest in a power hitter is intriguing. You would think that in a rebuilding year the team would want to lose as much as possible in an effort to gain the top pick in the draft. Adding a power hitter would lead to more homeruns and in theory, more wins.
However a power hitter is more likely to have trade value than an average hitter. By signing a power hitter, the White Sox have another value trade asset who could be moved. Assuming that player succeeds, he, as well as Holland could be trade bait at the 2017 Trade Deadline.
Heyman does note however that the White Sox aren’t a favorite to land a Mark Trumbo or Jose Bautista and that it may take a trade before the team makes a move. But Hahn is staying busy, and if the perfect opportunity arises he may strike and bring a power bat to the South Side.
Heyman doesn’t confirm any specific hitters that could interest the White Sox, but lists some of of the better sluggers left on the market. Knowing the White Sox budget and position, perhaps players like: Pedro Alvarez, Chris Carter, Brandon Moss, Luis Valbeuna, Trevor Plouffe or maybe even Justin Morneau.
It’s not yet known who exactly the White Sox are interested in signing, or how much money they’re willing to spend. But the team is clearly scouring the market for a power bat and it seems likely that Rick Hahn will be bringing an impact hitter to the South Side before free agency is over.
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