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Jim Boden Links White Sox to Several Big Name Free Agents

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In other news besides the MLB lockout continuing to drag on and more Spring Training games being canceled, the Chicago White Sox were linked to some big-name free agents on Friday afternoon. Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports that following the lockout the Sox may be one of the teams to look out for to make a splash in the outfield market. A baseball nugget easily passed over in a busy offseason, it is just nice to see something else. Here it is.

The White Sox have been fairly quiet this offseason. Prior to MLB locking out the players in December, the White Sox chose to wait out the market. The lone acquisition by Rick Hahn was the addition of bullpen piece Kendall Graveman. Despite being quiet, it is no secret the Sox will be the favorite to win AL Central in 2022. It is also no secret that the White Sox could use another major addition in the form of an everyday right field option. Let’s take a look at some of the names mentioned here.

White Sox Free Agent Options

It is to be taken with a grain of salt at this point the White Sox will actually pony up and pay a big-name option. With that said, should Nick Castellanos or Kris Bryant come to the South Side of Chicago, there is no doubt it would be a good move for a team looking to make it past the ALDS in 2022. Both Castellanos and Bryant were fan favorites on the North Side of the city. Each player offers a skill set that would benefit the White Sox lineup.

Bryant could play right field, adding versatility that the corner-heavy White Sox desperately need. That is something manager Tony La Russa would openly welcome. Castellanos would add some additional pop to the middle of an order that already scares most opposing pitchers. Both options would come at a hefty price tag.

The one name of the group that most vocal White Sox fans have felt would make a natural fit is Michael Conforto. Conforto slashed .232/.344/.384 with 14 home runs last season for the Mets. He is reportedly seeking a long-term deal in free agency and is represented by Scott Boras.

The White Sox and Seiya Suzuki in the same sentence is a new development. Up until this point, not much has been said in the media about the White Sox having an interest in the Japanese outfielder. According to a post on FanGraphs, the Japanese outfielder will draw heavy interest as soon as the league returns from the lockout.

FanGraphs dubbed him an “exciting alternative” to names like Nick Castellanos or Michael Conforto. The 27-year-old has also been likened to the best player to make the jump from NPB to MLB since Shohei Ohtani. The Giants and Mariners are currently the leading candidates for his services.

Will the White Sox make a splash before the season starts? Well, a new CBA will need to be in place in order to find out.

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