The Chicago White Sox haven't done much to be considered active during the 2022-23 offseason so far. To be fair, not many teams in the league have yet either. The problem is that not many people around baseball expect them to make any big moves during the winter.
With the Winter Meetings set to begin in a couple of weeks, teams are going to start preparing. You know things are bad when a team like the Pittsburgh Pirates are making more exciting moves than you are which is the case for the White Sox.
On Friday night, it came out that they were signing Carlos Santana to a one-year deal worth 6.7 million dollars. He is past his prime for sure but it is still a much more exciting of a sign than the White Sox will make this offseason.
Santana was decent in 2022. He had a mediocre OPS but he hit 19 home runs which would have led the White Sox. The year was split with the Kansas City Royals and the Seattle Mariners after spending most of his career with Cleveland.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are more exciting than the Chicago White Sox.
Pittsburgh is going to be a bad team in 2023 but they have this guy to trade away for assets before the deadline comes around. That is what a smart team does as he might be able to help a contender when the time is right.
This isn't to say that Carlos Santana is some sort of elite player that the White Sox missed out on. It is to say that the Pirates are more likely, despite having a significantly worse roster, are more likely to be a much more exciting team when it comes to making some big transactions.
Not long after this news, some late-night rumors about the White Sox and Mike Clevinger came out which might be exciting but nothing is set in stone.
At this point, it would be so nice to see them prove everyone wrong. They have a really nice core of players that can win big if management does them a few favors. This offseason will certainly be interesting.