Can someone please cue up the NWO theme song, please? Shoutout On Tap's own NWI Steve. Chicago White Sox ace Lucas Giolito recently opened up about a potential contract extension, and he wants to remain on the South Side.
Giolito spoke with Vinnie Duber of NBC Sports Chicago regarding what he hopes his future looks like.
When asked about a contract extension, Giolito responded, "I mean, I'm open to it." He indicated he's interested in a long-term contract and that he would love to be a "White Sox player for life."
The big right-hander also acknowledged that baseball is a business and he needs to focus on the now while everything plays out.
Is Giolito a Long-Term Fit?
We all know Lucas Giolito's story.
The White Sox acquired him from the Washington Nationals in the 2016 Adam Eaton trade that helped kick off the rebuild. At the time, Giolito was a top-three prospect in baseball.
But in his first full season with the Sox, he was one of the worst starting pitchers in all of baseball (you know the commercial). He turned that around in 2019 and earned an MLB All-Star nod, eventually finishing sixth in American League Cy Young voting.
Giolito will become an unrestricted free agent in 2024. White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has been able to ink several young "star" players to contract extensions, such as Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, and Yoan Moncada. Can Giolito be another name on that list?
"It takes two to tango," Hahn said when discussing a potential deal.
"I've got nothing but great things to say about Lucas in a White Sox uniform, from his performance to his leadership in the clubhouse, to the way he represents himself and the club off the field, is exemplary," the Sox GM added.
Giolito still isn't the best version of himself yet. After his breakout 2019 campaign and an exceptional follow-up performance in 2020, Giolito's numbers dipped a bit in 2021. But channeling his focus on next season with contract desires in the back of his mind could result in a stellar 2022 campaign.
Hahn may need to move quickly to lock Giolito up before his price tag is too much for the White Sox to handle.