The Chicago White Sox are going to probably miss out on AJ Pollock next year.
AJ Pollock is an unrestricted free agent after the 2022 season. The Los Angeles Dodgers have a surplus of outfielders so they saw Pollock as expendable. They traded him to the White Sox in exchange for Craig Kimbrel.
Of course, Kimbrel’s tenure with the White Sox was not a good one as he simply didn’t pitch well in a setup role. They gave up Nick Madrigal and Codi Heuer for him so they would probably like to have that back. However, Pollock has been okay for the White Sox this year.
He has dominated against left-handed pitching. In fact, his numbers against lefties rival the numbers that a superstar like Aaron Judge has against lefties. Unfortunately, Pollock isn’t even half as good as that against righties which is the type you see more often.
It would be nice to see Pollock back in 2023 because of how good he is against lefties but it might not be worth it for that and a couple of good defensive plays. The White Sox need to move on and find players that best fit their needs this off-season. He is a good player but they can do better.
All of these guys have served different roles for the White Sox. One has an MVP with the team in addition to many other elite seasons, one provided some amazing pitching when needed most, and one brought some stability to the outfield. Each of them is a free agent after this year and could be gone once it is over.