The Chicago White Sox had one of the most disappointing seasons of MLB’s 30 teams in 2022. They were chosen pre-season to be one of the teams to compete for a World Series title. But they were plagued by terrible management and nagging injuries.
They parted ways with manager Tony La Russa at the end of the season as he retired due to health reasons. But that wasn’t enough to transform the franchise in the eyes of some players. It has been reported that some free agents and coaches are looking past the White Sox due to the team’s poor culture.
In a surprising move, outfielder AJ Pollock has given up a $13 million option to become a free agent. He hasn’t produced at nearly the rate he was supposed to, so for him to turn down the player’s option, fans were surprised.
Chicago White Sox fans are getting nervous. They thought the team was in good hands now that Tony La Russa was gone. But that doesn’t seem to be the case.
“That scares me,” said one fan.
“Unfortunately, it’s not surprising. I think it will improve with the new manager and the coaching staff. They should overpay this off-season to bring in top talent, which they are not willing to do. .Swaps are probably their best option,” another explained.
Fans find the rumors believable. They haven’t been big fans of the team’s front office. Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf doesn’t want to spend a lot of money on superstar players.
Fans think the team’s only chance of getting big free agents to give them a fresh look is if the organization starts winning again. They can’t ruin this offseason. They have holes they need to fill if they want to start “game changing” again.
Chicago White Sox have decisions to make this offseason
One player the Chicago White Sox could be without for the 2023 season is longtime first baseman Jose Abreu. He spent his entire nine-year career with the Sox.
He entered free agency after the World Series ended. He was one of the main players for the White Sox. He’s been there at their worst and at their best. Rumors are swirling that the team is ready to move on from the slugger.
Losing Jose Abreu would be a killer for White Sox fans, and they hope the team can find something and bring him back.