The Chicago White Sox made some contractual decisions on a few different players so far this offseason. They didn’t pick up Edwin Encarnacion’s second-year option and they didn’t tender Nomar Mazara or Carlos Rodon. That doesn’t, however, mean that there is no chance that any of them don’t come back. All of them are more than likely gone but the White Sox might miss on a couple of the replacements they had in mind, causing them to circle back to these guys.
If you had to choose one of the three to bring back, it would have to be Nomar Mazara. Encarnacion is an older player that doesn’t bring anything defensively and Carlos Rodon is always hurt. Mazara didn’t have a good 2020 season at all but that could have a bit to do with the circumstances. He missed some time at the beginning of the COVID-19 shortened season and wasn’t great when he came back.
It does make you wonder what Mazara might do if given the opportunity in a second season that sees them play 162 games. He has been good for 20 home runs in every year of his career and is still in his mid-20s. They are going to be looking for an upgrade over Mazara in right-field but it might be smart to consider him for a bench spot with a chance to try and get a little bit more out of him. Either way, we just have to hope that the White Sox upgrade the right-field position.
We don’t know if they will even bring any of these guys back but if they think it will make them a better team, they should do it. At the end of the day, the White Sox need to do what makes them a better team going into 2021. Some of their own free agents might be the key to that.