The Chicago White Sox could consider bringing back an old friend for 2022.
Brian Goodwin was brought in last season to help the White Sox replace their injury-depleted outfield. Could history repeat itself?
After slashing .221/.319/.374 with 8 home runs and 29 RBIs last season, he was outrighted by the White Sox at the end of the year. Goodwin remains unsigned. At this point, we know what Goodwin is as a major league player.
He has played 138 games in left field over the course of his six-year career. Goodwin also appeared in six games there last season including two starts.
Goodwin did have a few memorable moments with the White Sox. On August 2nd, he hit a walk-off home run against the Cleveland Indians and unleashed an epic bat flip. He then became the first player to hit a two-run home run to open extra innings during the White Sox Crosstown Classic matchup against the Cubs.
Is he a good solution? No. He has been on five teams in six years. He was also left off of the White Sox playoff roster. But he does provide the White Sox with a left-handed bat and would fit in seamlessly with the clubhouse. Seeing that the free agency market is scarce, the White Sox may not find many attractive options unless they try and trade for an outfielder.
Swinging a trade may be tough with the White Sox’s lack of assets in an already depleted farm system. Because of this, don’t be surprised if they settle for a player of Goodwin’s caliber or just use an in-house solution.