Saturday Review: White Sox Move On From Avisail Garcia, Matt Davidson
White Sox non-tender veteran outfielder, infielder contracts. The team will have to make decisions to find replacements for non-tendered players.
The White Sox made the decision to non-tender contracts to Matt Davidson and Avisail Garcia on Friday. The news came after the team announced a trade that involved sending Omar Narvaez to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Alex Colome.
As the offseason continues moving along, the Sox appear to be a team that wants to improve going into 2019. The decision to non-tender Davidson and Garcia was a surprise to some Sox fans, but the team has given each player multiple opportunities to become part of future plans. Unfortunately for Davidson and Garcia, they couldn’t maintain much consistency with the Sox.
They gone: White Sox trade Narvaez, non-tender Garcia, Davidson, hinting at further moves-The Athletic (subscription required)
James Fegan of The Athletic wrote about the Sox decision to trade Narvaez while also non-tendering Davidson and Garcia. The Sox could opt to bring back Davidson or Garcia back at cheaper contracts, but that is highly unlikely. While the Sox traded one of their better offensive players from this past season in Narvaez, they got back a potential closer for 2019 in Colome.
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With Avisail Garcia gone, here are 10 free-agent options to be the White Sox right fielder in 2019-NBC Sports Chicago
Garcia was an All-Star for the Sox in 2017. However, he was unable to perform at an All-Star level in 2018. With the Sox non-tendering Garcia, they have a void to fill in right field for next season. There are many free agent options for the Sox and they could very well sign a player this offseason that will fill the void in right field.
Some free agent options for the Sox include Bryce Harper, Michael Brantley, Marwin Gonzalez, and Andrew McCutchen. The Sox have been rumored to be interested in Harper and reportedly offered Brantley a contract. There are many players available that can help the Sox in right field and also fit in their future plans for contention.
The Sox weren’t expected to be major players for top free agents this offseason but with payroll flexibility, the team can sign some top free agents. Replacing Garcia won’t be easy for the Sox as there are other teams who would like to sign players such as Harper, Brantley, and Gonzalez. The Sox don’t have to limit their search to just those aforementioned players.
Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago also wrote about other options to replace Garcia such as A.J. Pollock, Carlos Gonzalez, and Adam Jones. The Sox have many options this offseason to fill their void in right field. The hot stove is just getting warm but should get hotter in the coming weeks as the Sox could be a very busy team as they attempt to improve going into 2019.