The White Sox don’t appear to be far off from turning more than three years of a rebuild into contending for a World Series championship. But that is all dependent on the hiring of Tony La Russa, as the 41st manager, after he was arrested on a DUI. He was also the 30th manager of the team.
“This hiring is another indication that we’ve moved on to that final, that most exciting stage, the one about competing for championships,” Rick Hahn, general manager, said. “Thanks to the hard work of our scouts, our player development people, the front office, our analytics group, the clubhouse staff, everyone involved, we’re on the precipice here of a potentially exciting run and exciting era in White Sox history.
“We have a dynamic, fun, exciting team that’s hungry after getting an initial taste of postseason baseball to move on to that next stage. … There’s a great deal of excitement in the city right now in anticipation about what comes next.”
Lucas Giolito and Dallas Keuchel are the headliners for the White Sox pitching core. They are followed by a great deal of talent in Dylan Cease, Dane Dunning, and Michael Kopech. Free agent Trevor Bauer sits atop Chicago’s wish list (along with every other team needing a starter). Will the White Sox reunite with Jose Quintana? Quintana, 31, broke out with the White Sox from 2012-17. Could they sign Jake Odorizzi?
Alex Colome, one of the American League’s best closers over the past two seasons, is now a free agent. The club certainly could bring him back, but it also might look to another free agent such as Brad Hand or Liam Hendriks, make a trade as they did to acquire Colomé or go a little cheaper in terms of bullpen acquisitions.
The White Sox are in need of a left handed bat to have lineup balance and this is the perfect spot to do so. They released Nomar Mazara, but with only one home run and a .294 slugging percentage over 149 plate appearances in 2020, this was expected. Will the White Sox try to acquire George Springer and make a splash even though he is a right handed bat?
James McCann departed via free agency. Zach Collins, the White Sox top pick in the 2016 Draft, should move into the starting role. Chicago might look for a veteran backstop to add into the mix to shore up this position.