The Chicago White Sox have made a trade with the Texas Rangers and there is no doubt that this could be an upgrade for the team.
The Chicago White Sox need an upgrade in the outfield. They are almost certainly going to use Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert for a majority of the 2020 season in left and center respectively, leaving right wide open. They made a trade with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night that might help them out with that issue. They traded their number six prospect in Steele Walker for outfielder Nomar Mazara.
Mazara has been an okay player over his young Major League career so far but the White Sox are banking on him getting even better. In 2019, he had a .268 batting average, 19 home runs, and 66 RBIs for the Texas Rangers. He is going to be coming into a lineup that has so many really good hitters around him so some of those totals could improve even more. He hasn’t been a right fielder much in his career but if he can make a transition to that position for the White Sox then he would absolutely be an upgrade over what they’ve had at that position over the last few years.
The White Sox want to have a lineup that is dangerous from the leadoff man to the number nine guy. If Mazara can come in and be that guy then there is a good chance that happens. They added Yasmani Grandal earlier in November so that is two upgrades to the lineup already and there might be even more moves to come.
This surely isn’t a game-breaking move for the White Sox but it definitely shows that they are serious about trying to win in 2020. If he is better next year than what they got out of the right field in 2019 then it is already a win. Steele Walker might go on to be a decent player for Texas someday but Mazara is a proven MLB hitter. White Sox fans should be happy about this deal and what else might be on the horizon.