The White Sox are trying to emerge from a lengthy rebuild and return to competitive relevance after seven straight losing seasons. In 2019, the Sox finished 17 games below .500. However, their impressive base of young talent in tandem with these targeted free agent additions (and the winnable nature of the AL Central) mean they could take a leap forward in 2020.
It has been an active winter for the South Siders, who are primed to get back to postseason for the first time since 2008 when they lost in the ALDS. Here’s a look at their additions:
Though he didn’t look great in the postseason, he finished the regular season having hit .244/.344/.531 with 34 home runs. One potential red flag: he was underneath the ball far more often in 2019 than usual, resulting in a sky-high launch angle (over 22 degrees) and pop-up rate. Could that be a sign of decaying barrel control? Encarnacion will turn 37 in January, meaning he’ll arrive at camp with “Attrition Risk” written on his forehead until he can prove otherwise.
The White Sox kept their busy winter going on Christmas Day, striking up a deal for veteran free-agent outfielder Edwin Encarnacion. The two sides reached an agreement on a one-year deal worth million, which includes a million club option for 2021, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Dominican reporter Yancen Pujols first reported the agreement. Encarnacion, who turns 37 next month, was this offseason. He’ll likely serve as a designated hitter and backup first baseman behind Jose Abreu. :