Second base has been a black hole for the Chicago White Sox for nearly two decades. One has to go back to Alexi Ramirez in 2008 for the last time the White Sox primary second baseman had an OPS+ over 100 over a full season, excluding the pandemic shortened 2020 campaign.
Suffice to say, that was the case again in 2022. Josh Harrison disappointed and is back in free agency. Tony La Russa may have been the only person in the universe that felt Leury Garcia should be in the starting lineup on a consistent basis. This is an area where the White Sox have to upgrade and do so in an emphatic way.
While Brandon Drury is a risk, he would also be the perfect option if he can replicate his 2022 campaign. He posted a career best 122 OPS+ with 28 homers and 31 doubles, providing the type of pop that the White Sox could use from the position. The question is whether or not this is breakout campaign that is a sign of things to come or a one year fluke.
Should the White Sox feel that Drury is set to break out, he would be an excellent fit in their lineup. Not only would he solve their issues at second, but he has also spent time around the infield and both corner outfield positions. As Yoan Moncada has not exactly been consistent from year to year, making Drury a valuable backup option at the hot corner as well.
Brandon Drury fits several holes on the Chicago White Sox roster. It is just a matter of bringing him in.