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White Sox: Could An Old Friend Fix An Old Problem?

Now that former White Sox right fielder Avisail Garcia has opted out of his contract with the Brewers, is a South Side reunion feasible?

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It’s way too early to tell. But could Avisail Garcia be the fix for the Chicago White Sox in right field?

Garcia is coming off one of, if not his best season in the majors. He just opted out of his contract with the Milwaukee Brewers to become a free agent. In 135 games for the Brewers in 2021, Garcia slashed .262/.330/.490 with 29 home runs and 86 RBIs.

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the White Sox are in desperate need of a right fielder.

The position was a revolving door last season due to various injuries the White Sox suffered. Adam Eaton, Adam Engel, Leury Garcia, Brian Goodwin, Andrew Vaughn, Jake Lamb, Billy Hamilton, and Gavin Sheets all spent time in right field. No stability was built in from jump street. As a unit, White Sox right fielders slashed .223/.297/.374 with 19 home runs and 92 RBIs.

Now, you don’t have to be a mathematician to figure out that Garcia’s numbers topped the collective efforts of the eight players that spent time in right field in 2021.

It’s still very early in the offseason as the 2021 campaign just came to an end on Tuesday when the Atlanta Braves defeated the Houston Astros in the World Series. However, the White Sox have a glaring need that must be properly addressed and Garcia could be a prime candidate to help rectify the long-running issue. The 30-year-old is likely looking for his last “big” contract, so the White Sox should at least be checking in.

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