The Chicago White Sox have made some massive upgrades to their offense this winter so is it going to be the best in team history?
The Chicago White Sox have a good offense. That much is clear after the addition of Edwin Encarnacion on Christmas Day. They already had a strong offense before that so adding a player like Encarnacion makes them that much better. He joins guys like Yasmani Grandal and Nomar Mazara as new players to the organization going into 2020. The three of them should impact the offense in a positive way right away. This gives us a reason to believe that this could be the best White Sox offense in the history of the team.
White Sox color analyst Steve Stone went on NBC Sports Chicago’s “White Sox Talk Podcast” hosted by our friend Chuck Garfien and made that claim. Stone is a former MLB pitcher and genius baseball mind. When he says something you can believe that there is merit to it because he knows what he is talking about. It is a fair assumption to at least believe that this will be “one of” the best offenses in the team’s long history.
The new additions join the new core of the White Sox which includes studs like Yoan Moncada, Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, and Jose Abreu. There are also some stud prospects that could be coming up like Nick Madrigal and Luis Robert. If the two rookies hit the ground running while the core players play as well as they did last year this is going to be a super offense. There is a lot of contact hitting and a lot of power hitting throughout the lineup so it should be a nightmare for the opposition to have to face.
The White Sox hit 186 home runs in 2019. That was good for 25th in all of baseball. Most of those home runs came from Jose Abreu, Eloy Jimenez, and Yoan Moncada. They should finish with much more than that as Encarnacion, Grandal, and Mazara hit a combined 81 home runs in 2019. That would be 267 home runs for the White Sox which would have put them 5th in the league. The only ones ahead of them would have been the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees, Houston Astros, and Los Angeles Dodgers. All of those teams were in the playoffs.
Nothing is guaranteed because they need to go out there and perform but this could very well prove to be one of the best offenses in team history. Steve Stone is a smart man so if he believes it could happen then you should too.