There are a lot of players that fit the DH/1B type and that is why they are terrible at defense. None of those guys were healthy enough or outstanding enough offensively to make that trade-off either. A few of them have to be moved or they will have the same problems in 2023.
Andrew Vaughn has become a fan favorite over the last two years. He was very good in his rookie season of 2021 and improved on it in 2022. Unfortunately, he hasn’t played much first base which is his natural position because of the fact that Jose Abreu is always going to get the nod there.
Well, with Abreu’s contract up, they have a decision to make. They could let Abreu leave but the smart idea might actually be to trade Andrew Vaughn. He is a young power bat that has shown flashes of superstar power and ability. Teams are going to like that when scouting him.
The Chicago White Sox may want to trade Andrew Vaughn to help themselves.
The White Sox can use Vaughn to address some of their big needs and then re-sign Abreu who obviously wants to come back to this team. It would be a hard call but one that could help the White Sox take advantage of what is supposed to be their competitive window.
Vaughn very well may go to another team and keep on developing into an elite hitter. That is a risk that the White Sox need to take in order to get to the next level which starts by making it to the playoffs again. After the way 2022 has gone, everything should be on the table.
Having Vaughn and Abreu in the mix along with guys like Gavin Sheets and Eloy Jimenez is a recipe for disaster. Change needs to be made and Vaughn could be the roster casualty. He probably doesn’t want to be traded but it could become his reality.
Andrew deserves a lot of respect. With Jose at first and other DH options available, he has learned to play left field on the fly. Unfortunately, he isn’t as good at it as people think which is why there is now this big log jam of hitters that can’t field.
If the right offer comes up including Andrew Vaughn, the White Sox should seriously consider it in order to better their team for the upcoming year.