3 areas for the Chicago White Sox to fix now that lockout is over
2. Right Field
Right Field is a position that the Chicago White Sox needs to fix before the season.
The Chicago White Sox needs a right fielder badly. It is a slightly less pressing need because there are more options there right now than there are for second base but it is still a need nonetheless. They haven’t had a legit player at the position in a very long time.
They tried to fix it multiple times, however. They traded for Nomar Mazara ahead of the 2020 season and that was a complete disaster. Going into the 2021 season, they went the cheap route again and brought Adam Eaton back but he was cut before the All-Star break.
Now, they need to go out there and do something smart. If the season were to start today, Adam Engel would be the best option for this spot. However, he would be perfect as a fourth outfielder. He has Gold Glove level defense and a pretty good bat to go with it.
Engel would be the best option for a late-inning defensive replacement or pinch-runner (or both). Putting him in left field to replace Eloy up a run in the 9th is better than having him as the starting right fielder.
Gavin Sheets and Andrew Vaughn could also platoon the position but they would be better off platooning the designated hitter spot while playing some first base on Abreu off days. If the White Sox could add a new everyday right fielder, their lineup could pop even more than it already does.