White Sox should jump on opportunity presented in AL Central

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25: Daniel Palka #18 of the Chicago White Sox is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a two-run game winning single against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning on September 25, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox won 5-4.(Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 25: Daniel Palka #18 of the Chicago White Sox is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a two-run game winning single against the Cleveland Indians during the ninth inning on September 25, 2018 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. The White Sox won 5-4.(Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /
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MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 28: Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates scoring a run against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning in game one of a doubleheader on September 28, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – SEPTEMBER 28: Tim Anderson #7 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates scoring a run against the Minnesota Twins during the third inning in game one of a doubleheader on September 28, 2018 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) /

Once the rotation and relievers decisions are completed, the other position players need to be fixed.

Behind the dish, the catching platoon is satisfactory. Welington Castillo and Omar Narvaez do well both offensively and defensively. Of regular players, Narvaez had the highest batting average on the team. Despite Castillo’s 80-game suspension, he did manage to hit six home runs and bat .259/.304/.406. As a catching platoon, they were one of the best hitting in the MLB.

First base should be covered by Jose Abreu. He is a two-time All-Star and should be on a team that gets to the post-season. He knocked in the second most home runs on the team. Only Daniel Palka hit more.

Second base needs a change and the best choice would be to trade Yoan Moncada. He led the league in strikeouts and his 73 runs were not enough to justify his 219 Ks. Better second basemen are on the free agent list: Ian Kinsler, DJ LeMahieu, and Josh Harrison.

Or, Yolmer Sanchez could be moved back to second base, which would open up third base for Manny Machado to fill.

Finally, short stop should stay as it is. Tim Anderson did well at that position and he’s only going to better, especially if Machado is added to the team. Anderson’s 20 home runs and 26 stolen bases were valuable to the team.

Finally, Hahn should make another huge move and sign Manny Machado. There aren’t many better at third base and short stop. Yes, he wasn’t enough to help the Dodgers win, but the Dodgers problems were much bigger than Machado.

The designated hitter could be on rotation, unless Daniel Palka can prove 2018 was not a fluke.