After their hot start, the White Sox have developed into one of the more disappointing teams in the league, but more help could be on the way.
General Manager Rick Hahn has shown he means business with the recent acquisitions of pitcher James Shields and first baseman Justin Morneau. Many believe Hahn could be looking to make more moves very soon.
Several reports indicated the White Sox have had strong interest in acquiring Cincinnati Reds’ outfielder Jay Bruce. After a rough 2014 and 2015, Bruce has a respectable .274 batting average and 15 home runs to go with his 51 RBIs.
Given Bruce’s effectiveness in the field, this move could effectively push Avisail Garcia either to the bench or into the DH role. If the starters play how they should, adding Bruce’s bat to a lineup already powered by Abreu, Frazier, and Cabrera could spell doom for opposing pitchers.
In addition to Bruce, Mike Axisa of CBSSports.com believes the White Sox are among the teams most likely to pursue recently released shortstop Jose Reyes.
Reyes is coming off of a 52 game suspension after he after allegedly assaulted his wife in a Maui hotel last November.
However, given the recent call-up of Tim Anderson and Jimmy Rollins’ failure to produce, there is no rush to bring in another infielder who is far past their prime.
It is encouraging to see management attempting to right the ship with the Sox in the thick of the divisional race. If the Sox can hold their ground, Hahn may make more moves sooner than later.