The Chicago White Sox needs an outfielder to play right field and everybody knows it. Platooning two players that are natural first basemen out there is not the best idea. As a result, the White Sox are out there trying to add someone to fit in that spot regularly.
Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be trying their best. On Tuesday, they traded for Adam Haseley of the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He would be a really nice option for a rebuilding team trying to revive a career but a team trying to win the World Series shouldn’t be taking fliers.
Haseley is a former eighth overall pick from the 2017 MLB Draft that just hasn’t reached his potential in pro baseball. He has played some games with the Phillies in 2019, 2020, and 2021 but nothing has come of it.
He was a negative WAR player in 2021 which isn’t a good sign for him in 2022. There is always a chance that a change of scenery helps a guy out but you can’t bank on that when you are one step away from being a World Series favorite in the American League.
The Chicago White Sox have made a trade with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Hopefully, the White Sox aren’t done. There are more options out there to trade for and there are still a couple of free agents out there to sign. Haseley is not the answer but having the extra body there to try and win the job isn’t the worst thing in the world.
By May, we might know that platooning two first basemen who are bad at the outfield is still a better idea than using Haseley. That might even be the likely outcome but Rick Hahn is doing everything he can to try and win with the limited resources provided to him by the owner.
All we want to see is somebody out there in right that can make defensive plays and contribute some offense on a regular basis. Running Adam Engel out there and then using Andrew Vaughn/Gavin Sheets as designated hitters should be the plan right now.
The spring lineups suggest that we will see otherwise by the start of the regular season. We can only hope that the White Sox become a better team, regardless of what happens with their right-field situation this year. This trade isn’t necessarily it but it is good to know that they are trying.