Christmas is tomorrow and the Chicago White Sox still have some serious holiday shopping to do. Sure, Todd Frazier is under the tree but that doesn’t mean all the children are smiling just yet.
There’s been quite a bit of debate among pundits and the White Sox faithful as to which of the remaining free agent outfielders is a “best fit” from a skill-set, contractual, and financial standpoint.
Really, there are arguments to be made for each of the “big three” as Alex Gordon, Yoenis Cespedes, and Justin Upton all bring with them a unique pros and cons paradigm that makes the optics of choosing a number one target very difficult.
Of course beyond those names, there is more to be found in the bargain bin or on the trade front. Rather than rank them by an arbitrary numeric system or hand out grades for each target, I thought it’d be much more relevant to classify each remaining target as a Christmas gift.
Scroll through the slides and you’ll find everything from a Mercedes-Benz to a lump of coal, but regardless I’d like to think each metaphor fits their respective outfielder well, and that this analogy will provide a little more clarity to a jumble of targets that are otherwise hard to categorize.
With that said, it’s time to start unwrapping.
Next: Justin Upton: The Mercedes-Benz