3. One more dominant starter
There is always room for the Chicago White Sox to add a dominant starting pitcher.
The last option, the Sox let Hernandez walk, let Kimbrel walk, say next man up for both, and go all-in on the very best starter they can possibly land in free agency. For those wondering, there are quite a few looking for a new home this winter. Notable names include Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, Zach Greinke, and more.
Can you imagine a rotation consisting of Max Scherzer, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito, Dylan Cease, and Dallas Keuchel? Clearly, the biggest question mark in terms of what to expect moving forward here is Keuchel. Can he get back to his 2020 form posting a sub 2.00 ERA? If not, he will be moved to the bullpen to finish out the season next year. One thing is for sure and that is the fact that landing another top tier arm can only help and is worth every penny.
Landing one more all-star caliber starter to go with Lynn, Giolito, and even Rodon if they can swing it on an extension before season’s end would almost certainly make the White Sox favorites to win the AL next year. So, what is the best route to go if you’re Rick Hahn and Jerry Reinsdorf? Adding Rodon and another free agent starter would then pose questions about the likes of Keuchel and his role.
It’s hard to imagine a scenario where the Sox don’t give Keuchel an ample amount of leash to figure it out based on the success he’s had in his career. More than likely, should he underperform, there could be a scenario of Keuchel starting in the rotation next season and being moved to the bullpen at the trade deadline where the Sox would then be forced to be aggressive buyers.
Realistically, the White Sox landing an arm like Scherzer is just as wild to think about as it was for the Dodgers landing him at the trade deadline. If you have the funds and the winning mentality needed to secure a top free agent, anything is possible when you are chasing a World Series.