The White Sox actually might’ve pivoted to this right-hander after Wheeler signed with the Phillies as Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported that they were a “dark horse” to sign Strasburg.
Whether or not they actually did make an offer for him is unknown, but it certainly was a missed opportunity.
In fact, it could be argued that it was a bigger one than Wheeler as Strasburg is an established ace coming off a year in which he won World Series MVP for the Nationals.
The 31-year-old registered a 3.32 ERA, 3.25 FIP, 10.81 K/9, and 2.41 BB/9 in 2019. He also had a 5.7 fWAR, which was the second-highest mark of his career and his 209 innings of work were the highest he had thrown since 2014 (215 innings).
Strasburg’s age coupled with the seven-year, $245 million contract it took the Nationals to keep him might have made the White Sox balk at signing him.
Had the White Sox signed him, though, the team would have had instant credibility with a one-two punch at the top of the rotation that would’ve been second to none.
Their reluctance to sign Strasburg is very understandable, but it would have put made a statement to the American League if they got him.