Imagine the thrill of playing baseball so close to where you grew up. Minooka, Illinois was the home to Mike Foltynewicz for a good portion of his life before making it to the Major Leagues. He went to Minooka High School so you would have to think that lacing them up for the Chicago White Sox would be the experience of a lifetime for him. With that said, he isn’t the same as the other free agents on this list.
The Atlanta Braves DFA’d Foltynewicz early in the season. He made one start for them early on and got shelled so they let him go that night. It showed how committed the Braves were to win this year and you can’t argue with it because they came so close. He isn’t a straight-up free agent like the rest of them until 2022 but Atlanta is surely going to non-tender him this season. That is where the White Sox would come in to give him his chance.
He isn’t going to be that expensive so it could be a low risk/high reward move for them. If he stinks, they could cut him right away or send him down to the minors. There is no doubt that he has a talent which is why the Houston Astros took him with the 19th overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft. He wound up having a nice career so far which included an appearance in the 2018 All-Star game. His hope is that he can get back to that level with a new team in 2021 if the Braves non-tender him and it would be awesome to see that with the Sox. At 29 years old, it is well worth the risk.