The Chicago White Sox are having a very bad season right now. They aren’t one of the worst teams in the league but 63-66 is not where a team should be when they came into the year with World Series aspirations.
It has been a tough year from the start and now it is looking like the end. With September approaching, people are going to start looking towards the offseason and what the team can do moving forward to get back into contention.
Whenever something like this happens, you have to avoid overreacting. There were expectations going in early for a reason. It is more about figuring out what the problem is instead of trying to change everything.
There are a few players that need to stick around because they are amazing despite what some people may think. These are the three players the White Sox need to avoid moving in an over reactionary trade:
The Chicago White Sox need to make sure that they hang onto Eloy Jimenez.
Eloy Jimenez now has the reputation of a player that gets injured a lot. He has missed significant time in each full season that he has played. However, it is so obvious that he is an elite hitter when he is healthy. He showed that in 2020 and he showed that in the second half of 2022.
Most of Eloy’s injuries have been self-inflicted which means that he can be coached better. The one in 2022 was a bit of a fluke and doesn’t have to happen again. If he can figure this out, he can be a game-changing power bat that makes a lot of money in his career.
Since the All-Star break this year, Jimenez has been the White Sox’s best hitter and it isn’t really even close. They need to make sure he is there and ready to go in 2023 as they try to contend for the playoffs again.