The Chicago White Sox don’t look like the team experts expected in 2021 but a few tweaks can get them back on track to meet the lofty expectations.
The 2021 season hasn’t gone exactly as the White Sox planned so far. Instead of dominating the AL Central, Chicago is below .500 and staring up at the Indians and Royals atop the division.
Something needs to change.
Here are three moves the White Sox can make to change their fortune.
3. Call Yoenis Cespedes
There are more than a few intriguing free agents currently available who could come in and help the White Sox perk up this season. Yoenis Cespedes is one of them.
Cespedes was linked to Chicago before the season began as a gamble the White Sox could take to aid their World Series pursuit. After a rough start to the season, bringing in Cespedes would feel less like a cherry on top and more like a way to jumpstart the campaign.
Cespedes’s half-brother is already with the White Sox, so there’s a built-in link to the team.
Obviously, the way Cespedes left the Mets last year would leave a bad taste in the mouth of any team considering him, but Chicago should feel bad enough sitting third in the AL Central. If Cespedes can help them, the drama from 2020 should be easy to get over.
The bigger concern would have to be the fact Cespedes hasn’t played much meaningful baseball since 2018.
Still, his ability to play left field, where Eloy Jimenez is missing because of injury and Andrew Vaughn hasn’t made his mark, should make him an attractive possibility.