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3 areas for the Chicago White Sox to fix now that lockout is over

CHICAGO - JULY 19: Teammates celebrate at home plate after Gavin Sheets #32 of the Chicago White Sox hit a walk-off, game winning three run home run against Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins during game two of a doubleheader on July 19, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - JULY 19: Teammates celebrate at home plate after Gavin Sheets #32 of the Chicago White Sox hit a walk-off, game winning three run home run against Jose Berrios #17 of the Minnesota Twins during game two of a doubleheader on July 19, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /

1. Second Base

The Chicago White Sox needs to figure out the second base position long-term.

The Chicago White Sox has a very solid infield. They do, however, need to address the second base position to take it from a solid infield to an outstanding infield. On most nights, Jose Abreu is going to man first base, Tim Anderson will man shortstop, and Yoan Moncada is going to have third.

In 2021, Nick Madrigal started the season as the everyday second baseman. He was outstanding but he hurt himself to the point where he was out for the season. As the season went along, the Sox traded him to the Chicago Cubs in the Craig Kimbrel trade. It was a good move at the time but hindsight suggests that it wasn’t very smart.

As of right now, Leury Garcia is slated to be the starting second baseman. That is not going to be good enough if they want to win the World Series. On a championship tea, Leury Garcia is the best fit as a legitimate utility man.

He can play every position on the diamond except first base, pitcher, and catcher. He can hit as well so he is a useful player but he isn’t the best option as an everyday starter. Having him come off the bench is the best idea.

The best option, Marcus Semien, signed with the Texas Rangers before the lockout started so they have to get more creative than that. It is going to be fun to see what they do to upgrade this position but it is their most pressing need.

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