The Chicago White Sox need pitching and one of the best pitchers in the world became available after opting out of his contract. Could the Sox land him?
Of all of the pitchers that the Chicago White Sox can throw the bank at this winter, few are as good as Stephen Strasburg. The 2019 World Series MVP has decided to opt-out of his current deal and is now free to sign with any team he wants. There is a good chance he just decides to stay with the Washington Nationals for more money but if a team blows him away with an offer, he might consider it.
The White Sox have that money to spend. They didn’t spend at all last offseason as they missed on both of the big free agents from a year ago but they can turn and use that money somewhere else. A quality starting pitcher would be a great start and Strasburg sure would look good with black pinstripes. He would come in and slot perfectly at the top of the White Sox starting rotation in front of Lucas Giolito, Michael Kopech, Carlos Rodon, and Reynaldo Lopez. If they all played up to their potential, that could really be a solid group.
The White Sox has aspirations of being a good baseball team in 2020 so you can definitely expect them to spend some money. Everybody knows about Strasburg’s 5-0 run in the postseason and his dominant stuff that led to him being the MVP of the World Series, but he also had an incredible regular season for the Washington Nationals. He went 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA, 1.038, and 251 strikeouts. That is outstanding stuff from the 31-year-old righty and it is going to earn him a lot of money.
For most of the 2019 season, the White Sox liked their chances of winning the baseball game when Lucas Giolito was on the mound. They would like to add another guy like that via free agency and Strasburg is definitely that guy. If they landed someone like Strasburg and Michael Kopech comes back and reaches his full potential, that would mean they have three ace level pitchers that they can rely on to give them a chance to win every time they’re on the mound.
Strasburg might be a long shot, but there is a chance. Any team that needs pitching that doesn’t inquire about him for his services would just be silly. He is elite and will continue to be elite for the foreseeable future as long as he stays healthy.