The Chicago White Sox have been active over the past few days, having signed veteran starting pitchers Gio Gonzalez and Dallas Keuchel. On top of that, they signed former Brewers catcher Yasmani Grandal to a big contract back in November.
They also brought back first baseman Jose Abreu.
While these are all moves that made sense and filled some gaping holes on this ball club, the feeling from the fan base, and around the league is that they aren’t finished adding pieces just yet. This proves to many that the White Sox front office is trying to be a serious contender in the American League Central, something fans have been skeptical of since their 2005 World Series Championship.
They are perpetual sellers at the deadline, year in and year out.
One move that might make a lot of sense is to bring back former White Sox third baseman and two-time All-Star Todd Frazier.
Although, relief pitching and outfield are more pressing needs that the team needs to focus on. But Frazier would add another proven bat to the lineup, and if you put him behind Jose Abreu, with Grandal protecting him, opposing pitchers will have to pick their poison. They have been lacking “one more guy” in the lineup for quite some time now, and Frazier could be just what the doctor ordered.
Something else Frazier would bring to Chicago’s Southside is more veteran leadership, which any team that is looking to contend needs.
Frazier has spent nine seasons in the MLB, five with Cincinnati, one-and-a-half with the White Sox, half a season with the Yankees, and two with the Mets –– and now is a free agent. In that time, he has amassed 1,019 hits and 214 home runs.
In 2016, when he was a member of the White Sox, he hit 40 home runs and drove in 98 runs. He added 16 more home runs with the ChiSox in 2017.
The latest rumors are the Los Angeles Dodgers and the World Series Champion Washingon Nationals are the teams interested in Frazier.
Being a veteran coming off an injury-plagued season, Frazier may be a cheap, low-risk acquisition –– which could then allow them to pursue another guy like Yasiel Puig.