Chicago White Sox: Would Kyle Schwarber make a good DH?

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The Chicago White Sox has Edwin Encarnacion in the short term but they need a long term designated hitter to help this team score runs.

A lot of Chicago White Sox fans strongly dislike most players on the Chicago Cubs. They are the crosstown rival so it makes complete sense. One of the most disrespected players on the Cubs by White Sox fans is Kyle Schwarber. It is fair criticism often but he is still a pretty good baseball player. He would be a really nice fit on the south side as their long term designated hitter.

The White Sox have Edwin Encarnacion in the short term. That guy can hit anywhere from 25-40 home runs in his sleep. He has had an incredible career and he should be proud of it. He is likely going to be the first consistently good designated hitter since Jim Thome. However, he is probably not going to be around for longer than two years as he is 37 years old.

Kyle Schwarber, however, is going to be a fairly good hitter for a long time. Schwarber has good power numbers, even in years where his overall production isn’t where you would hope. He only hit .250 in 2019 but he had 38 home runs and 92 RBIs. Adding that type of production to this White Sox lineup would go a long way. Kyle Schwarber may or may not have seen the best production of his career, but he is still a consistently above-average power hitter.

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It is unlikely that this ever happens but the Cubs certainly are going to be looking to shed some payroll over the next two seasons. Kyle Schwarber, Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras, and Javier Baez are all going to need significant pay upgrades so in all likelihood someone will be gone. The White Sox were able to take advantage of the Cubs when they needed starting pitching so maybe they could do it again. Anytime the White Sox can win a deal between these two teams, it would be a great thing for fans and the organization.