The Chicago White Sox should be extremely active in free agency now that the lockout is over. They went 93-69 in 2021 and that was with some seriously bad injury luck to consequential players.
Extremely good players like Luis Robert, Yasmani Grandal, and Eloy Jimenez missed significant time and they were still an elite team. With that in mind, that doesn’t mean that they don’t need to improve their roster before the 2022 season begins.
One area of concern is right field. There are plenty of outside options out there via trade or free agency in addition to the few players who could play there within the organization. One name from the outside to consider is Seiya Suzuki.
Not only is Suzuki from outside the White Sox organization, but he is also from outside Major League Baseball as a whole. Before now, he played for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp where he was the best player on the team by far.
Seiya Suzuki would be a great addition to this version of the Chicago White Sox.
He knew that he wanted to play in MLB during the lockout and has stuck with that. Now, he is free to sign wherever he wants. Every team in the league should want this guy so that they can take a chance on him. He could very well make someone very happy.
The White Sx would be wise to consider it. There is no guarantee that his elite play will translate to the North American game played in Major League Baseball but there is reason to believe that it will. He has the ability to hit for tremendous power which is something that would really help this White Sox team.
Having protection in the lineup could also make him even better. Awesome on-base guys like Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson are there surrounded by extremely powerful hitters like Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, Yasmani Grandal, and Jose Abreu. Even Gavin Sheets and Andrew Vaughn will provide some pop.
If you inserted Seiya Suzuki into the middle of that, he might thrive. It is somewhat of a longshot that the White Sox land him because he hasn’t been linked at all but you never know. There is clearly a strong fit for him on the south side.