The Chicago White Sox are in an interesting spot. They have some spots to fill during the offseason in order to maintain their status as World Series contenders in 2022. One of those spots is the position of second base. We all know about the Nick Madrigal trade by now and how they probably won’t bring back Cesar Hernandez who they acquired via trade.
The White Sox would be wise to consider a wide variety of different players for the position. It would be nice to see them end up with a player that is better than both Madrigal and Hernandez. One person who would be a great fit is Chris Taylor of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Taylor had a marvelous season for LA in 2021. In the regular season, he slashed .254/.344/.438. He had 20 home runs, 73 RBIs, and 92 runs scored as well so he had a very productive season. He would be a great addition to the latter part of the White Sox lineup while playing some solid second base.
However, his money will be made in the playoffs. He has single-handedly kept the Dodgers from being eliminated so far in the postseason. He already has an NLCS MVP under his belt and looks like he could have another on the way if they go on to complete the comeback over the Atlanta Braves. He also won the World Series with the Dodgers in 2020 s you know that he brings it when the team needs him the most.
The Chicago White Sox needs to go for a good second baseman like Chris Taylor.
Chicago had problems with second base for most of the season once Madrigal went down. They traded him to the Chicago Cubs so he isn’t coming back anyway so adding someone like Taylor would be great. It will be nice to have him in the regular season but the White Sox struggled offensively in the 2021 postseason.
The Houston Astros pitching was dominant against the White Sox in every game except one. If they added someone like Taylor, they might see that turnaround. We already pointed out that he has some great numbers in the playoffs and plenty of playoff experience. Adding that to the White Sox would be a great move.
The nice thing about a move like this is that it would only cost money. The White Sox wouldn’t have to give up anything in order to get him in terms of prospects. That is how you sustain success in the league so if they need to spend some money to help in this area, they should do it.