White Sox could target veteran third baseman on a one-year deal where he could increase trade value for 2018, and value for next offseason.
The Chicago White Sox haven’t made many moves this offseason, but they’re not the only team that’s been relatively quiet. This offseason hasn’t seen much action in regards to top free agents signings.
Although the Sox aren’t expected to make any major signings this offseason, would it make sense for the team to target a player who is unsigned but could help them for 2018? Mike Moustakas is currently unsigned and has played third base for the Kansas City Royals for the last seven seasons.
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Moustakas is coming off an impressive year with the Royals as he hit .272/.314/.521 with 38 home runs and 85 RBIs. The 29-year-old also made his second appearance in the All-Star Game last July. However, Moustakas, like other free agents remained unsigned surprisingly. According to reports, the New York Mets are interested in Moustakas.
The Sox could very well target Moustakas in the hopes of signing him to a one-year contract for the 2018 season. With the Sox entering their second rebuilding season, signing Moustakas to a long-term contract might not fit in their plans because of his age.
A one-year contract would be beneficial for the Sox as they could look to flip Moustakas near the trading deadline to a contender. For Moustakas, he could try to increase his value for next offseason with a solid 2018 season if he were to sign a one-year contract.
The Sox have a need for another left-handed bat in their lineup and could use a quality third baseman at the hot corner. Moustakas has enough power that would greatly help the Sox for 2018. He has hit 20 or more home runs in three of five seasons where he played in 136 or more games. Last season, Moustakas hit a career-high and Royals team record 38 home runs.
As the offseason moves along, the Sox will most likely only make moves that improve the team without hurting their future. Signing Moustakas to a short-term contract would make the Sox slightly better in 2018. If Moustakas wants to take a chance at increasing his value for next offseason, signing a one-year contract with the Sox could help.