What left-handed power bat will the White Sox sign?
Oct 5, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers designated hitterVictor Martinez
(41) at bat against the Baltimore Orioles during game three of the 2014 ALDS baseball playoff game at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Bruce Levine of CBS Chicago brought up a good point yesterday in an article about the Chicago White Sox … saying they are seeking a left-handed power bat this offseason.
In his CBS Chicago article is says of obtaining a left-handed power bat:
"“Despite his end-of-the-season incident with Sox ace Chris Sale when he was with the Tigers, Victor Martinez is the crown jewel of free-agent hitters … Money-wise, Martinez would fit into White Sox general manager Rick Hahn’s offseason budget. The White Sox should have close to $30 million of flexible money.”"
Levine also talked about Melky Cabrera, Pablo Sandoval, Adam LaRoche and Kendrys Morales.
Personally, if I had a “vote” mine would be for Martinez for a couple reasons. One big reason is he would protect Jose Abreu in the order. Abreu didn’t have much protection last season, but having Martinez in his second season would tremendously continue the already impressive career of Abreu.
Another big reason to sign Martinez is that means the Tigers wouldn’t have him on their roster. If nothing else, taking one of their best hitters out of their lineup will only make the AL Central that much closer next season.
Martinez this past season batted .335 with 32 home runs and 103 RBIs. His on-base percentage was .409. Just think of the possibilities the White Sox would have if Martinez played 82 games at US Cellular Filed with those type of numbers.
Either way you look at it, Levine is correct in saying the White Sox are looking for a big left-handed bat, and my hope of they sign the most powerful bat they can find for the ’15 season.
What are your thoughts on the potential of signing Martinez or any other free agent left-handed power bat?
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