White Sox enter upcoming Winter Meetings with an opportunity to make many splashes as they look to improve the team for the immediate future.
The White Sox are in good shape heading into the start of the baseball Winter Meetings that begin on Sunday. While the main target for the Sox and a handful of other teams is signing free agent superstar Bryce Harper, the team from the South Side has an opportunity to sign other players as well.
Harper is still the talk of the offseason as he hasn’t signed with a team yet while other dominoes are starting to fall. The Sox have already made a trade to improve its bullpen for next year and they will need to fill other holes on the team going into next season. Ths upcoming Winter Meetings gives the Sox a chance to make much-needed additions to their ballclub.
The Sox front office is well aware of the need to avoid short-term band-aid fixes in attempting to improve the team. With the Sox in need of a third baseman, outfielder, relief pitcher, and a starting pitcher, the Winter Meetings could see the franchise be very aggressive in targeting players to sign or trade for.
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Harper is no doubt the top free agent available for the Sox and other teams this offseason. Going into the Winter Meetings, the Sox are in the mix to sign the left-handed hitting outfielder. However, the Sox won’t allow their pursuit of Harper to impact other moves they could possibly make to improve the team for the immediate future.
There are other players available for the Sox to pursue during the Winter Meetings. While the focus currently is on where Harper will ultimately sign, the Sox aren’t going to stray away from their ultimate goal of having sustained success for their current rebuild according to Scott Merkin of whitesox.com.
"“It’s a bit of a balancing act. At the same time, we know what our priorities are. And we aren’t simply going to shift to a secondary priority because the first one isn’t necessarily ready to move if it is a unique fit.” Rick Hahn"
On Friday, Tom Verducci of MLB Network spoke about the possibility of the Sox signing Harper with Chris Russo. However, Russo strongly objected but made no valid argument to prove why Harper wouldn’t sign with the Sox. Russo’s argument sounded more tired and cliched as he alluded to the Sox being second-class citizens in Chicago to the Cubs.
The Sox have a good shot at landing Harper this offseason. They have a lot of payroll flexibility and will be adding some young talented players over the next few years to their team. The Sox are in a good position to build a consistent winner. The upcoming Winter Meetings could be an exciting time for Sox fans.