Chicago White Sox: 3 free agent targets to replace Nick Madrigal

Michael Brakebill
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Chris Taylor would be a fantastic addition to the Chicago White Sox next year.

Chris Taylor starts off this list due to his unrestricted free agency this winter, ability to play multiple positions at 2nd base, shortstop, the outfield, and for the good year he is having in which he earned his first all-star nod.

He is currently slashing .274/.365/.474 with 19 HR and 67 RBI, accumulating a 3.5 WAR on the season thus far. Fun fact, Taylor has batted .778 for his career at Guaranteed Rate Field. If you consider 7-9 a worthy sample size, then he is pretty much the G.O.A.T of the south side.

A mainstay in LA for the last 6 seasons, Taylor currently earns just 7.8M for the Dodgers in 2021 and maybe looking to test the market this winter. Currently, no rumors have circulated that LA is looking to once again sign Taylor to another extension as they did for a 2-year deal back in February of 2020.

Ultimately, Taylor could now find himself being the odd man out anyway if the Dodgers look to extend Trae Turner as he was acquired at the deadline and still has an extra year of team control before hitting the market in 2023 as it is.

Without a new collective bargaining agreement being put in place between the MLB and the Players Association, it is unlikely the Dodgers will extend him before knowing for a fact that there will be a universal DH in the NL next year, which by that time he would already be a free agent.

Adding a utility man such as Taylor not only gives the White Sox a good depth player who could play multiple positions, including 2nd base if Hernandez’s option isn’t picked up, but he can swing a good bat as well. When he gets hot he is tough to get out and given the fact that he shouldn’t be too expensive this offseason, he should definitely at least be on the White Sox’s radar as an affordable option this winter.

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