Chicago White Sox: Three Moves that Should be Made

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 26: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates with teammates after the game against the Chicago Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 26, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS - SEPTEMBER 26: Jose Abreu #79 of the Chicago White Sox celebrates with teammates after the game against the Chicago Cubs at Guaranteed Rate Field on September 26, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) /
facebooktwitterreddit
Prev
4 of 4
Next
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
(Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images) /

Take the Chance on Felix Hernandez

If the Chicago White Sox go after Ozuna and address their bullpen with at least one move, they are not going to look to spend much more. One addition that would be economically reasonable would be Felix Hernandez. He signed a one-year deal last offseason with the Atlanta Braves, then elected to opt-out of the 2020 season. Before that, he spent 15 seasons with the Seattle Mariners.

Hernandez, who will be 35 in April,  is a six-time All-Star and won the 2010 American League Cy Young. Most would say his best days are behind him and he has not quality season since 2016.

However, he has a high ceiling, postseason experience, leadership presence, and would have a chance to be this team’s fifth starter, behind Lucas Giolito, Keuchel, Lynn, and most likely Dylan Cease. Taking a risk on King Felix is a low-risk, high-reward scenario that would either would out smoothly for Chicago, or they release him if it is not the right fit.

Lynn makes White Sox rotation elite. dark. Next

This move would most likely be helpful for the Chicago White Sox but would not be as impactful as it would have been a few seasons ago. If Rick Hahn wants to take an affordable risk, Felix Hernandez should be on their radar. Rotation depth is going to be needed as next season returns to 162 games.