The Chicago White Sox have a lot of things that they need to address this offseason. There are some depth issues that need to be solved at some point. The manager hire is top of mind right now but after that, they will be looking to fix a roster filled with holes.
Elvis Andrus solved some of that while Tim Anderson was out with an injury in 2022 and that could be something to consider for 2023 as well. He provided a tremendous presence in the locker room and was good at everything he was asked to do on the field as well.
Although Anderson is going to be back healthy in 2023, the White Sox should consider bringing Andrus back. He can move over the second base if he is willing. If he proves that his bat can hit just as well next year then he might be worth keeping around as the season moves along.
That option at second base might allow them to spend a little more on other areas like right field and pitching. Both of those positions have less proven depth in the organization so this is an option that is worth exploring when the time is right.
The Chicago White Sox should consider bringing back Elvis Andrus in 2023.
It seems like Andrus wants to return and there is something about a guy that genuinely wants to play for the team. If Anderson comes back as the leadoff man, Andrus would be the perfect number nine guy in the order. With a power surge in the middle, that could be great.
The vibes were very good when he first arrived. They started winning a lot more around then too and he played a big role in that. It wasn’t until they were pretty much done in the standings that they fell out of it for good.
Up to that point, few players on the team believed in the team more than Andrus. That type of attitude and veteran leadership can lead to some good things if they are a winning team in 2023.
For that reason, the front office should seriously consider bringing him back for the following season. It’s not like having him start the year with them means that he has to stay if it doesn’t work out.