3 Chicago White Sox off-season misses that hurt them

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Playing It Cheap At Second Baseman

The Chicago White Sox need more from their second baseman going forward.

Infielders that could have filled the White Sox hole at second base this offseason included Marcus Semien, Trevor Story, and Javier Baez.

Semien is a former All-Star who also has a Gold Glove and a Silver Slugger Award to his name. Story is a two-time All-Star and two-time Slive Silver Slugger. Baez is a two-time All-Star, a Gold Glove winner, and a World Series champion.

The worst part about missing out on Baez is that he signed with the White Sox division rival, the Detroit Tigers. He is off to a hot start this season, batting .292 including a walk-off base hit against the White Sox on Opening Day.

Instead, the White Sox played it cheap. Hahn opted to go with Leury Garcia and Josh Harrison. While Harrison was once an excellent player, he is now 34 years old and past his prime. That has been reflected by his .182 batting average. Garcia has also been terrible so far this season, batting .118 to go along with a .367 OPS.

Baez, Semien, and Story are all game-changing players that would completely change the dynamic of the White Sox lineup. They would also help make up for the loss of Eloy Jimenez and take on some of the offensive burdens. We can only hope that none of this matters when they reach the postseason in October.

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