Not justified: Leury Garcia
You know the Chicago White Sox are in a good spot if Leury Garcia is the weakest link.
Leury Garcia is the longest-tenured player on the Chicago White Sox. He has been there through thin and thick. Unfortunately, it is clear that he is currently the weakest link right now. Out of everyone on the current roster, injured or not, he is the one who is the most deserving of a DFA when the team gets fully healthy. The only reason that might not happen is that he has the ability to play every position on defense. Outside of that, he is the one who hasn’t really justified the team’s faith in him.
Let’s be clear about something, the White Sox are a deep organization. Most teams would be happy to say that a player like this is their worst player. Fortunately, they are going to get even better when Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert return from injury. That may be when rosters are extended anyway so you never know what happens.
If Garcia stays all season long, it won’t be too bad but if someone on the roster is “unjustified”, he is at the top of the list. He is a nice bench piece but the fact that he has had to play a lot this season might be the reason that he makes this list in this spot. It would be really nice to see him figure something out and become a bigger contributor down the stretch.
The White Sox are a very good team. The hope is that by the time we get to October, everyone there plays their role to the best of their ability. That will make everything the team has done since they began the rebuild justified.