White Sox rumors now include a report about the team offering free agent veteran outfielder a contract. The Sox are one of three teams to do so.
On Thursday, social media was in a frenzy for the latest White Sox rumor. It wasn’t really a rumor as it was just a simple picture that caused Sox fans to become giddy with excitement. One rumor that was likely overlooked, however, was the Sox offering a contract to another outfielder.
According to Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com, the White Sox are one of three teams that have an offer waiting for outfielder Michael Brantley. The Sox along with the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies have an offer in place for the free agent outfielder.
Brantley isn’t expecting to return to the Cleveland Indians and could very well sign with the Sox or any other team this offseason. The fact that the Sox reportedly have an offer waiting for him to sign continues to show just how aggressive this team is this offseason. With the recent rumors of the Sox being interested in other top free agents, fans have to be excited to see their favorite team is working hard to improve going into 2019.
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While many Sox fans debated on Thursday if the team should sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado, this franchise isn’t wasting time in trying to build a contender for next season or 2020. Coming off a 100 loss season, the Sox appear to be in on every major free agent this season and reportedly having an offer waiting for Brantley is a good move for the team.
Brantley has struggled with injuries in the past but was healthy in 2018 for the Indians. The 31-year-old appeared in 143 games for the Indians this past season and was an All-Star. He owned a .309/.364/.468 slash line with Cleveland to go along with 17 home runs, 76 RBIs and 12 stolen bases.
If the Sox were to sign Brantley, it could mean the end of Avisail Garcia‘s time on the south side. Brantley would give the Sox offense a tremendous boost and a much-needed left-handed hitting bat. With the Sox one of three teams that reportedly offered Brantley a contract, there’s no guarantee that he will be on the south side next season.
Sox fans are hungry to see a competitive team again. The front office hasn’t been complacent in their reported pursuits of free agents early in the offseason. Time will tell if the Sox are able to add enough veteran players to build a contender for 2019 and beyond. This offseason has already gotten off to an exciting start. Hopefully, there will be some major signings announced soon.