If the Chicago White Sox brought back Avisail Garcia, he would be the first really good full-time right fielder since Avisail Garcia. He spent the early portion of his career with the Detroit Tigers before making his way to the White Sox. He played there for six years and then left following the 2018 season. Since then, he had one year with the Tampa Bay Rays and two with the Milwaukee Brewers.
Now, he would be a perfect fit on the current edition of the White Sox. When he left, he was often injured and the team wasn’t very good. Now, he has finally started to play like the good player we knew he could become and the White Sox are very good. Somehow, one of their biggest positional needs is right field where he plays.
In 2021 playing for the Milwaukee Brewers, he slashed .262/.330/.490 for an OPS of .820 which is very good. He hit 29 home runs, had 86 RBIs, and 68 runs scored. He also managed to have 8 stolen bases which is a department in which the White Sox need help. All of this accumulated to a 2.9 WAR on the season which is really nice for Avi.
Bringing back a player usually does no good for the White Sox but this is different. We all knew he would be great if he could stay healthy. It’s not like he was bad with the White Sox either. He did make the All-Star Game one year with them after all.
The Chicago White Sox would be wise to bring back Avisail Garcia in free agency.
His 2018-2021 seasons just didn’t line up with what the White Sox were doing. He left and got better which was great for him in his career. Now, the White Sox would love to have this version of Avi in the lineup. This is one of the few times that a player coming full circle would be fun to see.
With the protection that the White Sox provide in the lineup, Avi should be able to produce as he did in 2021 which was the best year of his career. That lineup is already awesome so filling right field with an above-average player would make them even better.
There are a few different reasons for this team to come off as appealing to Garcia. The first is that he is familiar with them. He knows the organization and city well after spending parts of six seasons there.
They would also pay him what he is worth and provide him with a winning culture which is something he became used to in Tampa Bay and Milwaukee. If both sides were willing to make this happen, only good would come out of it.