The Chicago White Sox have an opening at second base currently and it remains to be seen how the team addresses it.
Nick Madrigal is almost certain to take control of that position long-term and it is very likely he will come up early on in 2020.
However, it is very plausible that he won’t start the season with the club considering he played a grand total of 29 games at Triple-A Charlotte in 2019.
While his 16 strikeouts for the entire season across three levels exemplify his incredible bat-to-ball skills, the White Sox could very well not deem him ready to start the year with the club.
On top of it, unless if the White Sox decide to sign Madrigal to a contract similar to that of Luis Robert‘s as Samiya Green suggests they should, the team could gain an extra year of control for Madrigal if they wait a couple of weeks into the season to bring him to the South Side.
With that being the case, the team should start considering some other alternatives for Opening Day at the position.
While they don’t need to be in the market for a year-round starting second baseman, the White Sox shouldn’t be looking to sign a scrub. Whoever they choose to sign should be able to remain a useful piece even after Madrigal is called up.
Here are three free agent options that fit the bill.