Three free agents that can help White Sox defensively

Joshua Finkelstein
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 23: Yolmer Sanchez #5 of the Chicago White Sox forces out Harold Ramirez #47 of the Miami Marlins at second base and throws to first base to complete a double play during the eighth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - JULY 23: Yolmer Sanchez #5 of the Chicago White Sox forces out Harold Ramirez #47 of the Miami Marlins at second base and throws to first base to complete a double play during the eighth inning at Guaranteed Rate Field on July 23, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by David Banks/Getty Images) /
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2. Jarrod Dyson

Center field is an interesting place to acquire a player for the 2020 season as well with it expected to locked down by top prospect Luis Robert in short order.

But, if Robert either proves to be not ready to handle an entire season at the major league level, proves to not be a true center fielder, or doesn’t make the team on Opening Day, signing Dyson as a hedge would be a smart move.

Defensively speaking, Dyson could provide immense value even as a fourth outfielder or short-term starter. In 646 2/3 innings in 2019, Dyson registered 5 DRS and a 2.6 UZR in center.

In fact, throughout his career, he has 97 DRS and a 60.3 UZR playing all three outfield spots and has not graded out negatively ever at any of those positions. If you want to talk about defensive consistency to bank on, Dyson has it.

Offensively speaking, he leaves something to be desired as he hit .230/.313/.320 with seven homers and 27 RBI in 2019 to give himself a 69 wRC+ and 1.3 fWAR.

The concern would be that at 35-years-old, Dyson could decline rapidly and with a weak offensive profile, his value would be gone if his defense were to falter.

That being said, the outfielder shouldn’t command anything more than $3 million annually and for no more than two years.

As a strong fourth outfielder option, the White Sox should definitely be looking into Jarrod Dyson this offseason.

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