With the Winter Meetings coming up next week, the Chicago White Sox expect to be busy. While general manager Rick Hahn has stated that he would like to upgrade the offense, here are some under the radar players that the White Sox should target.
Asdrubal Cabrera (INF-FA)
Cabrera is a free agent 2B/SS that could fit the White Sox’s needs. He has been listed as a possible target of the White Sox, and could be major insurance if Tyler Saladino or Carlos Sanchez don’t hit. The problem with using him at shortstop is the fact that while he was once a good defender at that position, his range has decreased over time. Cabrera is still is solid middle infield option that the White Sox should look at.
Erick Aybar (INF-Atlanta Braves)
If the White Sox want to acquire a solid shortstop that hits for contact, is fundamentally sound, and is a good defender, then Aybar is their man. However, Aybar is on the last year of his contract so they would potentially only have him for one year. I don’t think it would cost them high level prospects to bring Aybar over, so it could be a possibility.
Yunel Escobar (INF-Washington Nationals)
Reports have stated that the Nationals may be willing to move Escobar. Since he can play both third base and shortstop, he would be a good fit for the White Sox. Escobar is a solid defender, however is inconsistent with the bat. With last season being a career year for him, it is likely that he will regress back to what he usually is (about a .250 hitter). The big plus to Escobar’s game is that he has never struck out more than 73 times in one year. With the team moving to more of a contact approach, he might not be a bad option.
While all of these players could potentially help the White Sox in 2016, none would be more than role players. However, they are going to need to add at least one solid middle infielder to the roster this offseason.
I personally think that Aybar could help the team the most, because he is a good defender and makes line drive contact. Plus Aybar is the kind of shortstop that the White Sox have needed for years. While there are no confirmed rumors about Aybar coming to the South Side, I think that he could really help the club. However, a lot of who comes over will have to do with money not to mention prospects. Enjoy the Winter Meetings, White Sox fans.