Chicago White Sox: Multiple options at second base for 2022

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Chicago White Sox, Wilmer Flores
Chicago White Sox, Wilmer Flores /

Wimer Flores is a surprising candidate for the Chicago White Sox to consider.

There are a number of second basemen who will be free agents this offseason, including players such as Starlin Castro, Chris Taylor, Jed Lowrie and Josh Harrison. But, one name stuck out as a possible wild card to keep an eye on.

The Giants’ Wilmer Flores could be the type of player Hahn might want to add as he brings several qualities to the table. The 30 year old is a versatile player who can not only play second but can provide depth at both third and first base. Flores started 22 games at second this season and committed one error in 67 opportunities. Over nine seasons, he had 11 miscues in 706 chances for a fielding percentage of .984.

This past year, Flores tied his career-high in homers with 18 but hit 12 long balls in 55 games last season.  Over the last seven years he has played in an average of 108 games with a slash line of .272/.320/.453.  Flores’ OPS since 2019 has been rather impressive, posting totals of .848, .830. and .782 respectively.

However, the one area that might make him most appealing is in the financial category. Flores signed a two-year deal with the Giants in 2020 worth $6.25 million with a team option for 2022.  Flores could end up being the type of cost-effective move that would allow for the White Sox to spend as needed to fill in a hole such as a frontline starting pitcher.