The Chicago White Sox will play the new Cleveland Guardians in 2022.
The newly minted Cleveland Guardians did business with the White Sox last season sending Cesar Hernadez to Chicago. The Guardians are in a retooling phase as of late. They have already traded away Fransico Lindor, Trevor Bauer, Mike Clevinger, and Carlos Carasco. The next candidate that could be traded is Amed Rosario.
Rosario arrived in Cleveland during the Francisco Lindor trade last offseason. He was a .268 hitter in four seasons with the Mets. He is not much of a power hitter but he can steal bases. He swiped 24 bags in 2018 and then 19 the following season.
The change of scenery did him some good. He posted a solid slash line of .282/.321/.401 in his first season in Cleveland. He also hit 11 home runs. His primary position is shortstop. However, by all defensive metrics, he is a very mediocre defender.
The Guardian’s have lots of infield depth. Their 40-man roster includes three-second baseman, six shortstops, and three third baseman. Some of these include talented prospects on the cusp of cracking the MLB roster. This makes Rosario expendable.
What the Guardian’s need is outfielders. That happens to be the one area of strength in the White Sox farm system. As for where Rosario would fit on the White Sox roster, he could be a candidate for right field.
He has played 19 games in the outfield, starting 14 in center field. His speed makes for good range. He is projected for a $5 million salary and is under team control through 2023.
The White Sox could use him as a right field stop-gap until Oscar Colas, Micker Aldolfo or Yolequi Cespedes is ready, then flip him at the deadline or keep him as infield depth.
Rosario has already shown he can put up respectable offensive numbers. If he is surrounded by the lineup protection the White Sox have, he could be in line for a big year.