The Chicago White Sox need some veteran leadership in their clubhouse and one Washington Nationals player might be an option.
The Chicago White Sox are a team loaded with young talent that is looking to take the next step. They pretty much have nobody on the team that has ever made it to the playoffs and went deep, at least anyone that is part of the core. They might need to add some of that to help the young guys out during the dog days of the season and if they are preparing to play really meaningful games in September and October.
Ryan Zimmerman is signed with the Washington Nationals through the end of the 2019 season. He has a 2020 team option on his contract so if the Nationals decide they want to bring him back they can, but if they don’t he is free to play wherever he wants. He is currently in the World Series against the Houston Astros so he has no interest in the situation right now but he will soon enough.
At 35 years old, he probably wouldn’t be brought in to move the needle that much as far as his on the field play but for what he can bring to the young team. He could either be the first baseman, designated hitter, or a bench guy if he were on the White Sox. All that matters is he is there to help the young core when things are good and bad. He has seen it all as a member of the Nationals and can add value to any up and coming team.
Zimmerman would probably like to remain with the team he has spent his entire career with but if the Nationals don’t want him back he is either going to have to go to a different team or retire. He surely has a lot to give, especially with his presence. He is also really good in the playoffs and any team with playoff aspirations would love to have him, and the 2020 White Sox might have those aspirations. It will be interesting to see if the Sox bring in any players like that.