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The Chicago White Sox officially announced the signing of new left fielder Andrew Benintendi on Tuesday morning. The five-year, $75 million deal marks the largest free-agent contract in franchise history. With Rick Hahn's new prized possession sharpied into left field over the next few seasons, it will hopefully provide stability to a position that has largely been in flux as of late.

One of the reasons for volatility at the position has been the health of Eloy Jimenez. The young slugger has often found himself on the injured list since breaking into the big leagues in 2019, and some of those ailments have directly resulted from his defensive play.

As the White Sox announced the Benintendi signing, new manager Pedro Grifol mentioned that Jimenez could see some playing time in right field during the 2023 season.

Yikes. For more reasons than one, the thought of Jimenez manning right field for the White Sox in 2023 is rather scary. Not only is keeping Jimenez healthy a key to the team's success, but trying to shift his position at this juncture is once again just robbing Peter to pay Paul. That's something the White Sox organization has repeatedly done with moves such as the Andrew Vaughn outfield experiment. It is also something that Rick Hahn spoke about when the team decided to part ways with Jose Abreu in order to move Vaughn to his natural position.

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White Sox Need Eloy Jimenez Healthy and Hitting

I have long been an advocate of keeping Eloy Jimenez as healthy as possible. When at full-go, Jimenez's bat is an asset in the middle of a Chicago White Sox lineup that desperately needs someone to drive in runs. With the departure of Abreu, the Sox will need Jimenez's middle-of-the-order power even more. In fact, if the White Sox truly want to compete for a playoff spot in 2023, it is almost a necessity to get the 30 HR, 75+ RBI output that Jimenez produced in 504 plate appearances during the 2019 season.

In the past, Jimenez has been fairly outspoken about his distaste for the DH role. However, after returning from injuries this past season, Jimenez found himself in that role quite often, and it resulted in some of his best production.

At the end of the day, it's rather hard to believe the White Sox will deploy Jimenez as a consistent option in right field. Many expect the arrival of Oscar Colas at some point during the upcoming season, but at this moment the White Sox lack a bonafide starting right fielder.

While it isn't the worst thing in the world for Jimenez to get some reps with the glove and be ready if needed, let's collectively hope the usage is minimal. Should Jimenez see a significant amount of playing time in the outfield during 2023, it likely means that things aren't going according to plan.

At the end of the day, Eloy Jimenez being willing to do what is best for the team is all you can ask for. Even if that means he needs to assume the DH role regularly.