The Chicago White Sox are in the middle of a stretch where they are playing some pretty good baseball. However, most would agree that the 2022 regular season was not at all what they were expecting going in.
Some players have carried their own weight and some have underperformed a lot. Sometimes age, their contract, and draft/free agent status make expectations subjective but that is how sports work a lot of the time.
Coming up this offseason, the White Sox have a lot of work to do in order to make sure that 2023 doesn’t go as 2022 did. We don’t know what is going to happen in the MLB Postseason but nobody is predicting a deep White Sox run at this point.
Every now and then, seasons like these cause players you love to leave town. That is going to be the case for a few players on the roster. There are some free agents that certainly won’t be back and this is why:
The Chicago White Sox have been led by Jose Abreu since his rookie season in 2014. At this point, he has to be recognized as one of the greatest players in the history of the team. He has been their best and most consistent player each and every season.
Now, however, as he approaches free agency again, the Chicago White Sox might actually consider letting him go. It isn’t a lock as they have been loyal to guys in the past and he clearly wants to be there but it might be smart to say goodbye.
He is getting into his 30s now and there is a logjam on the team. They have a lot of DHs that are first basemen if they have to play the field. That has caused guys like Andrew Vaughn and Gavin Sheets to play out of position (in the outfield) more than they should.
Don’t be surprised if Abreu is gone for these reasons. He will always be remembered as one of the best to ever do it for this team but his 2022 season might be the last in a White Sox uniform.