Chicago White Sox fans know that they need pitching but they might not be happy to see James Paxton as a potential option but he is. He wasn’t very good in 2020 but there are a few reasons that could explain why. He would have missed some time to start the year if this was a normal season but he probably came back too soon when the 60 game season started. There was plenty of injury trouble that probably hindered his pitching velocity.
A clean bill of health might make him worth a look if you are the White Sox. They will certainly have Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel at the top and as of right now the rotation beyond that could go many different ways. It would be nice to see Dylan Cease and Michael Kopech earn spots and do well with the opportunity but a lot of work needs to be done for that to happen. Paxton might be able to come in and help those guys develop while eating some innings.
He would be great to hand the ball to in the playoffs as well. He certainly has the playoff experience after playing for the New York Yankees for the past two seasons. His win-loss record was awesome with the Seattle Mariners in 2017 and 2018 and then the Yankees in 2019. His numbers in those years certainly support the idea that he might be able to succeed when fully healthy again. It is no lock that he would be able to reach 150 innings but it is worth a try if all else fails.
The White Sox may or may not be able to land these guys (or any big free agents) but they need to try. Their window is wide open but you never know in baseball how long it will stay open. Due to the young age of their core, it feels like they will be good for a long time but those guys need as much help as they can get because winning the World Series is hard. MLB Trade Rumors, at least, believes that the White Sox are going to be involved in making their team better this offseason.