Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn stated that improvements to the ballclub would most likely come in the form of trades rather than the free agent market. That having been said, Hahn's first move was by going the free agent route to sign pitcher Mike Clevinger.
While Hahn decided to address a starting pitching need, the necessity to address two positions that did not get adequately filled last season still exists: second base and right field. Neither position was filled with long-term solutions then, but Hahn might now have a chance to address at least one of those spots.
Christmas may have come early for Hahn in the form of Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds who has decided he wants out of Pittsburgh. Contract talks between Reynolds and the Pirates have reached a stalemate leading to Reynolds requesting a trade from the ballclub.
The Pirates are not in any hurry to trade Reynolds who is still under team control for three more years and is set to make $6.75 million next season.
Nonetheless, it might be wise for Hahn to pick up the phone and inquire as to what might be necessary to strike a deal that would bring Reynolds to Chicago.
The Chicago White Sox could use a player like Bryan Reynolds right now.
Reynolds finished fourth in Rookie of the Year balloting in 2016 and was an All-Star in 2021 as he led the majors in triples with eight and had 16 home runs.
Through his four years in the league, the switch-hitting Reynolds has a .281 batting average and has averaged 24 long balls during his time which includes a career-high 27 last season.
The fact Reynolds can hit for power and average would be an excellent addition to the White Sox outfield. Perhaps more importantly, Reynolds can play any of the outfield positions and has committed just 10 errors while posting a .990 fielding percentage.
As if Reynold's offensive and defensive prowess weren't enough to gain Hahn's attention, perhaps his ability to be on the field every day would be.
Reynolds played in 145 games last year after playing in 159 the year before. Since the White Sox outfield was a revolving door due to injuries, having a guy like Reynolds who can be penciled in every day would be a much-needed asset.
Since Reynolds is young, talented and would come at a terrific price means having to come up with a package to trade for him a difficult one. The Pirates are not ones to spend a great deal of money on players and are in a position of being able to ask for a lot in return.
There are a number of teams with better resources than the White Sox who would be interested in Reynolds' services. Hahn would really have his work cut out for him to come up with a package that could lure him out of Pittsburgh and to the south side.
Still, Hahn has to look into obtaining a talent like Reynolds which might mean having to move a player like Andrew Vaughn. Tough decisions have to be made but the White Sox cannot head into 2023 with an outfield rotation the likes of which they put on the field last year.