White Sox could come away from Winter Meetings with a much-improved team after making some game-changing free agent signings.
The White Sox aren’t the most popular team in their home city of Chicago. They’ve never signed a player to a contract worth more than $68 million and ESPN often likes to forget the team even exists.
However, the Sox have the opportunity to become more relevant around the minds of baseball fans after this offseason. With the Sox being rumored to have interest in both Bryce Harper and Manny Machado among other free agents, the Sox could improve their team mightily going into next season.
The Sox don’t have to sign Harper or Machado this offseason in order to have a competitive team for 2019. They will, however, need to address their many needs to supplement a young roster for next season and beyond. The Sox current rebuild has been going smoothly with some players emerging as potential contributors for the future.
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While some players have had disappointing seasons in their full taste of the Majors, the Sox ability to address their current holes now will help the team become competitive sooner rather than later. The Sox likely won’t allow this offseason to pass without making some key additions to the team.
The Sox financial flexibility has put them in a position to make multiple major splashes this offseason. They can do this during the Winter Meetings which have started. There are some Sox fans who believe the franchise won’t spend money to sign a top free agent. But, there were some Sox fans who didn’t believe the team could spend money to sign a highly-rated International free agent but were proven wrong when Luis Robert signed in 2016.
It’s been a long time since the Sox have been relevant. Sox fans have suffered over the past 10 years of no postseason baseball. The Sox postseason drought could end next season if they’re able to correctly address their needs this offseason. Harper or Machado singing with the Sox could be a game-changer for the franchise. If everything falls into place for the Sox, this offseason could be looked back on as the moment when this franchise took the next step towards relevancy.