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Three needs White Sox still have to address

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1. Starting Pitching

The Chicago White Sox are going to enter the 2020 season with a relatively youthful and also inexperienced rotation if the season started today.

As of now, the team only has three starters guaranteed to be ready on Opening Day in Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dylan Cease. Michael Kopech won’t be too far behind, but Carlos Rodon won’t be ready likely until at least the All-Star break.

That means the team could probably use two starting pitchers on the open market.

With Strasburg, Wheeler, and Gerrit Cole off the board, Madison Bumgarner has likely become the best starting pitcher left on the open market.

However, the White Sox have not been connected to him seriously to this point in the offseason.

That makes me think, and so far their behavior suggests this, that the team is looking more into the second-tier arms in the market such as Dallas Keuchel, who they’ve expressed interest in already.

Hyun-Jin Ryu would also represent a strong option for the team to sign as I detailed a few days ago here.

The team definitely needs to sign at least one starter from that tier of pitchers at a minimum and arguably should be looking to sign two this offseason.

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