On Saturday, Ken Rosenthal broke the news that the Chicago White Sox had inked Josh Harrison to a one-year contract with a club option for 2023.
Harrison is a former All-Star who can play across the diamond. He is a great player that could provide the much-needed stability at the position for at least one full season.
The problem is the White Sox already has a versatile player in Leury Garcia. Harrison and Garcia have lots of striking similarities. Both play multiple positions.
Garcia can play all three outfield positions as well as third base, shortstop, and second base. The only positions he has not played are catcher and first base. Harrison has played at least one game at every position on the diamond except catcher.
Josh Harrison is going to be a very good player for the Chicago White Sox in 2022.
Harrison is a lifetime .274 hitter. During his 11 seasons in the Majors, he has a total of 960 hits and 64 home runs. Garcia is a lifetime .259 hitter with 31 home runs and 497 hits. He has been in the show for nine seasons primarily as a role player. He did not start getting significant playing time until 2017.
Harrison is likely to be the White Sox Opening Day second baseman. He is a slightly more accomplished version of Garcia and has been playing longer. Seeing that the White Sox just re-signed Garcia in the offseason, they will need to find a role for him.
Many assumed he would be the starting second baseman before Harrison arrived. Here are three ways Tony La Russa could use Leury Garcia in 2022: