Chicago White Sox: Could Nolan Arenado still be an option?

Vincent Parise
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The Chicago White Sox have a lot of great players. If Nolan Are1nado was still available, would he be an option for them to go after?

The Chicago White Sox are a team that has a lot of options. They have a core that they have built from the ground up and they are ready to start competing. They still might be looking to add someone to help them as they are in win-now mode starting up whenever baseball comes back. There are different levels of help but adding someone like Nolan Arenado would be one of the highest levels of help.

Arenado is one of the best players in the world so adding him to any team would be an upgrade. He is a third baseman so the situation with Yoan Moncada would need to be worked out but adding him is something you do if he is available because he is so good. The Rockies were in rumors to be trading him all winter long. There were also a few times where it seemed like the White Sox were one of those teams calling on him.

What is it that makes Arenado so good? Well, let’s start with the fact that he is one of the greatest third basemen the league has ever seen defensively. He is a complete vacuum at the hot corner which has allowed him to take home so many individual awards home as a result. He is a three-time Platinum Glove Award Winner and a seven-time Gold Glove Award winner. The three platinum ones are extra special because in those years he was deemed the best defensive player in the entire National League.

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That doesn’t even tell the story of how good of a hitter he is. Arenado is one of the best hitters in the world. In 2019 he had a slash of .315/.379/.583 and had an OPS of .962. He had 41 home runs and 118 RBIs on 185 hits. His incredible WAR of 6.7 just shows how valuable a player like him is to his team for his abilities both at the plate and in the field. It is highly unlikely at this point but it is definitely fun to think about because he is so good.

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