White Sox should jump on opportunity presented in AL Central
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.