Here we are a week or so removed from Manny Machado signing with San Diego and Harper with Philly. While everyone is trying to get over their depression and anger, I believe it is time to look ahead – no matter how hard it may be. The White Sox did make a minor move in signing Ervin Santana to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. He could help out a bit if he can return to his 2017 form, when he posted a 16-8 record with a 3.28 ERA. What I think the White Sox should do is make a splash that would help out in center field. The name that comes to mind is Adam Jones.
Since the Sox failed to land their “big fish” in Machado, they can easily use some of that money to sign Jones to a two to three year deal for around $15-20 million. He’s one of the few decent free agents remaining on the board that the White Sox could realistically sign. Next years free agent prize, Nolan Arenado recently came off the board already for the next offseason with him re-signing with the Rockies for a lengthy 8 years and $260 million. Unfortunately it has come to the point where we are wishing for a guy like Jones, but what else did we expect from the White Sox?
As we know all too well, the White Sox do not have the greatest center fielder in Adam Engel. I think adding Adam Jones at that spot would help solidify the outfield along with Jon Jay and Eloy Jimenez. Jones, even at the age of 32, hit .281 and added a little bit of pop with 15 home runs over the course of 145 games in 2018. Engel hit .235 with only six home runs in 143 games. So why not go after Adam Jones? In my opinion, he makes the outfield look a lot stronger. In my personal opinion, I would rather see Eloy, Jones and Jay than Eloy, Engel, and Jay.
Even at 33 years old, Jones is still a prime guy for the White Sox. His projections for 2019 (according to Baseball-Reference) have him hitting at a solid .266 average with 19 dongs, which will still probably be 30 points higher, and a good 15 more home runs than Adam Engel. The Sox are notorious for signing guys like Jones, but I think the bigger picture is, he still has some gas left in the tank. He is not as past his prime as the typical Ken Griffey Jr, Nick Swisher, Manny Ramirez the White Sox have signed way past their prime. The front office loves to lick their lips at guys like Jones, and frankly, I’m honestly surprised they have not signed him yet. Hahn and Kenny NEED to get Jones signed to solidify the centerfield spot for a few years. Let’s get this done.