RF, Los Angeles Dodgers
It seems like the Chicago White Sox have been connected to Joc Pederson for a few years now. There were multiple reports that they had a deal in place for him ahead of the 2019 season but nothing ever came to fruition. The Dodgers tried to move him to the American League many times and always came close but fell short. This might be the year where the White Sox finally land him but it won’t be via trade.
Pederson and the Dodgers stuck it out together which worked out well for both of them. They won the World Series in 2020 after being the best team in baseball during the regular season. With all of the star power that is there in Los Angeles, they are probably not going to bring him back which will allow him to go wherever he wants.
The White Sox should absolutely take another run at his services. He has been a great player for a long time for Los Angeles. He wasn’t as good as we are used to seeing him be in 2020 but he made up for it in the playoffs. He now has a World Series ring and was a big part of it. He would be bringing that experience along with a lot of other playoff experience to a very young team if he came to the South Side.
He knows how to deal with the good and the bad of postseason play which the White Sox will need in the coming years. There are a few veterans on the team but not many have the experience in the postseason that Pederson has. He isn’t a superstar by any means but he would be a great addition to the middle of the White Sox lineup. An outfield with him in right field would be a massive upgrade over the 2020 experience.