White Sox still have time to make some more moves to bolster current roster. What moves can the front office make to build a competitive team for 2019?
Coming off of SoxFest, the White Sox still have some moves to make to address their needs for this upcoming season. While many fans were hoping for a Manny Machado signing this past weekend, general manager Rick Hahn stressed the team isn’t done yet in regards to acquiring talent.
There was no Machado signing or any other transactions this past weekend at SoxFest. However, Sox fans might want to remain hopeful their favorite team could sign the superstar free agent this offseason. Hahn mentioned that there’s still a handful of acquisitions the front office is working on while also stating that they’ve moved away from determining an unofficial start to a season.
"“The way the free-agent market, or even the trade market by extension, has played out over the last several winters, we sort of moved away from the SoxFest date on the calendar sort of being essentially the unofficial start of the season, sort of the kickoff before spring training. There’s still, on our mind, conversations we’ve had over the last 48 hours, there’s still three or four potential acquisitions that we’re working on. If we’re able to convert across the board on all of these, then we’ll take a step back and look at how we’ve made progress this offseason toward our ultimate goal.” Rick Hahn"
One player the White Sox could acquire is Joc Pederson. The veteran outfielder would be a nice addition to the Sox and the team has been rumored to be having trade talks over Pederson with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Pederson would give the Sox another powerful left-handed hitter in their lineup along with a player that has cut down his strikeouts at the plate over the past two seasons.
As of Monday, there hasn’t been much progress into what decision Machado will make in regards to signing with a team. The Sox appear to still be favorites to sign the 26-year-old, but anything can happen between now and when Machado makes his decision. If the White Sox fail to sign Machado, they could always go in a different direction and target another free agent third baseman.
The White Sox are in a good spot to add more talent before the start of Spring Training. If the front office can make some good acquisitions over the next few weeks, the Sox could have a competitive team entering this upcoming season. White Sox fans will have to remain patient, however as it doesn’t appear that the team’s big target in Machado, will be making his decision soon.