White Sox: Can Mookie Betts extension make Joc Pederson available?

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The Chicago White Sox have been tied to Joc Pederson for a few years. Is now the time?

The Chicago White Sox have been in the market for someone who can play right-field for them for a long time. They went out and got Nomar Mazara for that in December of 2019 but we don’t know for sure if he is the answer. He had an up and down four-year tenure with the Texas Rangers and now is looking to take the next step with the White Sox. With that said, they are never going to be done looking to upgrade their roster.

If they believe that a guy like Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder, Joc Pederson, is an upgrade over Mazara then that should be something they do. The Sox have been tied to Pederson for a few years now. It seems like they had a deal all but done in the 2018-19 offseason until a few social media leaks got the trade called off. Maybe they can revisit him this season via trade or wait for him to be a free agent this offseason.

The reason that Pederson might be even more available now than he was back then is the fact that the Dodgers traded for Mookie Betts. Betts is one of the three best players in baseball so he is going to be the guy they use whenever they can. It looked like Betts might be a 60-game rental for them in 2020 before he hits free agency but that is not going to be the case. It was announced on Wednesday that he was going to sign a 12-year extension north of 350 million dollars so moving on from Pederson seems very likely.

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This is a great player that would solidify the position for a long time. He has been a centerfielder in his career but there is no doubt that if the White Sox wanted to use him in right, there wouldn’t be an issue. If he was interested in something like that, it would be really cool to see the White Sox go after him yet again.