Nelson Cruz would be a big-time bat in the middle of the Chicago White Sox lineup.
During the 2020-21 MLB offseason, it sounded like Nelson Cruz had his list down to two teams. Those teams were the Minnesota Twins and Chicago White Sox. Based on the records, it looks like he made the wrong decision. It is an uphill battle for Minnesota that doesn’t look like they are going to be able to overcome. The White Sox are in good shape to avoid any issues with them for the rest of the season. If the White Sox were able to get Cruz, it would solve an issue that appears to be looming.
If Eloy Jimenez is going to be out for another month or more, they might want to add another bat. Yermin Mercedes has come down from the start of the season that he had and the fun might be over. He is still a good player that can be a good platoon option but he is no longer a game-breaker. Nelson Cruz has the potential to be that with his bat in a designated hitter role.
Cruz is 40 years old and is still one of the best pure hitters in all of baseball. He has a slash line of .296/.369/.552 for an OPS of .921. He has 14 home runs, 34 RBIs, and 31 runs scored. If he played a defensive position, he would be right in the middle of the MVP conversation with those numbers. He would look really nice putting them up in a White Sox uniform.