Before spring training even started there were rumors that the White Sox were linked to Yoenis Céspedes. These rumors may pick up some steam now that Eloy Jimenez has gone down. The White Sox already has some connections to the Céspedes family. They acquired the younger half-brother of Yoenis, Yoelqui Céspedes, back in January.
Like Jiménez, Yoenis Céspedes has power. He is a two-time home run derby champion. He won it in consecutive years back in 2013 and 2014. That power has translated outside of batting practice as well. He has hit 30 plus home runs twice during his career and has 165 total during his eight-year career. He is also a two-time All-Star, Silver Slugger award winner, and Gold Glove award winner. Despite all of the accolades, the market for Cespedes has been almost nonexistent.
He has been hampered by injures over the past couple of seasons and had a bizarre ending to his Mets tenure. He disappeared and the team could not get in touch with him. He then surprised everyone in the organization by opting out of the season after playing eight games.
Céspedes has a great arm and would be a defensive upgrade over Eloy in left field. He also impressed teams during his free-agent showcase that he hosted. The White Sox might be able to get him at a discount price because he is eager to come back and does not have many suitors lining up for his services. He is 35-years old so he is on the back nine of his career. For a one-year deal, he may be worth the investment while the White Sox wait for Jiménez to return.