3 players the Chicago White Sox wish they still had on their roster

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Chicago White Sox, Omar Narvaez
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Omar Narvaez

The Chicago White Sox should have never let Omar Narvaez get away from them.

Outside of second base and right field, the White Sox do not have a ton of holes on the roster. However, the backup catcher has been an issue since James McCann left. Seby Zavala and Zach Collins have struggled offensively.

McCann had a sub-par season with the New York Mets so bringing him back wouldn’t make much sense. However, Omar Narvaez would be a stellar option to have as the backup catcher.

Before he got traded for Alex Colome, (the only move on this list that worked out very well for the White Sox) he was putting up solid offensive numbers on the South Side.

Narvaez batted .275 his final year with the White Sox. He had 24 extra-base hits including nine home runs. Statistically, he and Kevon Smith put up the best offensive numbers for a catcher tandem in the American League in 2018.

He got even better in Seattle, hitting .278 with a .813 OPS in 2019. He also launched a career-high 22 home runs. In 2021 he became an All-Star with the Milwaukee Brewers and handled a dominant pitching staff behind the plate. A Narvaez and Grandal catching duo would easily make up the best backstop in the MLB.