George Springer could not be in a worse position as far as his free-agent status. The Houston Astros are under big fire because they are a part of the biggest cheating scandal in the history of sports. They used technology to steal signs from their opponents which gave them a significant advantage. They could have done it for multiple years but it has been proven that they did it in 2017 which is the year that they won the World Series.
That is why 2020 is a big year for Springer. If he goes out and proves that he is still an elite player without the whistles, trash cans, or buzzers, then he deserves a chance with another team. They do not deserve to be known as World Series Champions but that is a different argument. There might be White Sox fans who shun the idea of adding Springer because of the scandal. Well, if you shun Springer but are okay with Dallas Keuchel then that is hypocritical.
Springer has been an elite player when healthy for a long time. If he was able to bring some of that to this White Sox team then they would be so much better off than with what they have now. He also, while tainted, does have that World Series experience and was the 2017 World Series MVP. If anything, he knows how to handle the nerves of the playoffs which could help the younger White Sox players out in the clubhouse.