Chicago White Sox: Four long-term injury replacements for Eloy Jimenez

CLEVELAND, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 21: Eloy Jimenez #74 of the Chicago White Sox hits a two-run homer during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 21, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 21: Eloy Jimenez #74 of the Chicago White Sox hits a two-run homer during the fifth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field on September 21, 2020 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images) /
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Chicago White Sox, Josh Reddick
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Josh Reddick

Another veteran free agent that remains unsigned is Josh Reddick. There are a couple of things that make Reddick an intriguing target for the White Sox. For starters, he is a World Series champion. Rick Hahn clearly values playoff experience as he tries to build a winning culture in Chicago. He has already brought in battle-tested playoff veterans such as Yasmani Grandal, Dallas Keuchel, Adam Eaton, and Lance Lynn.

Reddick is also a former Gold Glove winner. He is no longer the same defender he once was but he is still a defensive upgrade over Jiménez. Mind you the bar is extremely low in that department.

The problem is he served as a DH in 2020. He also has the majority of his outfield experience in rightfield, although he has played some games in left. While he has had some productive offensive seasons he is nowhere near the hitter that Eloy Jiménez. Baseball-Reference projects that he will hit .249 with 56 RBIs and 15 home runs. That would be a significant downgrade but it would be serviceable.

Like Céspedes he would probably come at a discounted price this close to the season. If the White Sox add him they would be getting a veteran left-handed bat at the bottom of their lineup.

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