Josh Harrison a perfect fit for Chicago White Sox

Sep 28, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Josh Harrison (1) reacts after committing a throwing error and allowing the Seattle Mariners to score a run during the sixth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 28, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Josh Harrison (1) reacts after committing a throwing error and allowing the Seattle Mariners to score a run during the sixth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Chicago White Sox may still be the favorites in the AL Central, but the gap is closing. The Tigers upgraded their roster dramatically prior to the lockout as they served notice that they are done rebuilding. Meanwhile, the White Sox have gaps in their lineup, especially at second base and in right field.

While there are plenty of outfielders left in free agency, the same cannot be said in regards to second base. However, there is one very underrated piece available who would be a perfect fit for the White Sox – Josh Harrison.

Josh Harrison could be what Chicago White Sox need

The White Sox, for all of the power in their lineup, do have some issues with contact. There is a lot of swing and miss in the middle of that lineup, as the likes of Luis Robert and Eloy Jimenez are never going to be confused for high contact hitters. They need someone that can slot at the top of the lineup who can get on base and make a good amount of contact.

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Harrison could solve that problem. Although he also does not walk much, he has a lifetime 15.0% strikeout rate as he has made a career of being an excellent contact hitter. He produced a solid .279/.341/.400 batting line in his 558 plate appearances between the Nationals and A’s, hitting eight homers and 33 doubles. That production would fit perfectly into the White Sox lineup.

He could also solve a few problems for the White Sox. While Harrison is primarily a second baseman, he has seen action in both corners of the outfield. It is possible that could continue should he sign in Chicago, even if only to give the starters a day off while keeping his bat in the lineup.

While he was a bargain signing in each of the past two offseasons, that is not likely to be the case this time in free agency. It is possible that Harrison receives more than a one year deal as well. However, that should not deter the White Sox from adding a player who would be the perfect complement to their lineup.

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The Chicago White Sox need a second baseman and someone that can make plenty of contact. Josh Harrison would solve both problems.