Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports that MLB agent Scott Boras and some of his star clients are gearing up to meet with the Chicago White Sox.
Everyone knows the history between White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Boras. The agent goes out and gets his clients paid while Jerry is usually the one unwilling to touch the dollar amount Boras sets.
One of Boras's clients is Carlos Rodon. The White Sox did not extend a qualifying offer to Rodon, which would have been worth $18.4 million if accepted. Rodon is looking for a long-term deal coming off the best season of his seven-year MLB career.
There are two other notable Boras clients that could be on the White Sox radar as well: Marcus Semien and Nick Castellanos. Both players offer elite production, setting them up for massive paydays in the 2022 offseason. Both of them play positions that the White Sox are in need of as well, second base and right field.
Semien could be looking for a long-term deal worth over $23 million a year. Castellanos projects to earn anywhere from $18 to $20 million annually. The White Sox obviously won't end up with all of Boras's clients, but if they could somehow work out a deal with just one, the roster would improve dramatically.
Positions of Need
Worth 7.2 bWAR last year, Semien would fix the glaring issue the White Sox have at second base.
Nick Madrigal, Leury Garcia, Cesar Hernandez, Danny Mendick, and even Andrew Vaughn and Romy Gonzalez saw time at second base for the Sox last year. Madrigal was traded to the Chicago Cubs as a part of the Craig Kimbrel deal. Hernandez struggled after coming over from Cleveland, leading to the Sox declining his option. Garcia is a career backup that has value as a utility man, but he shouldn't play the position every day.
Castellanos primarily plays right field, another position of need for the White Sox.
In 2021, right field was a revolving door with no stability due to Adam Engel's multiple injuries and Adam Eaton unsurprisingly being a flop of a signing. Castellanos was worth 3.3 bWAR and his bat would play extremely well at Guaranteed Rate Field. The 29-year-old made his first MLB All-Star appearance in 2021 and launched 34 home runs with 100 RBIs.
Yes, it's highly unlikely the White Sox shell out the money needed to grab these either of these two players. However, a seat at the table and the desire to win a World Series is better than not taking the meeting at all.