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Eight remaining fourth outfielder options for the White Sox

Eight remaining fourth outfielder options for the White Sox

Eight remaining fourth outfielder options for White Sox originally appeared on NBC Sports Chicago

  • ​​​​​Editor’s Note: “Eight remaining fourth outfielder options for the White Sox” originally appeared on Sox on 35th. Jordan Lazowski of Sox On 35th will be a regular contributor to NBC Sports Chicago’s White Sox coverage for the 2022 season. You can read more of their coverage at SoxOn35th.com, and follow them on Twitter at @SoxOn35th.

Even with the signing of Andrew Benintendi and the assumption that Oscar Colas becomes the White Sox’ starting right fielder on Opening Day next season, the White Sox still find themselves one outfielder short. Minor-league moves such as signing Victor Reyes, Billy Hamilton, and Jake Marisnick have provided “break in case of emergency” levels of depth; however, should one of these players actually break camp with the team, it would lead to the White Sox being short a capable starting outfielder in the case of injury or poor performance from either Benintendi, Luis Robert, or Colas.

With that in mind, however, in viewing the free agent market, there are still plenty of players available that fit a “fourth outfielder” role that should be well within the White Sox’ price range. While Adam Duvall has been the most popular name on social media, should the White Sox not sign him, there are still plenty of options elsewhere.

Below are outlined a total of eight “fourth outfielder” options for the White Sox. These players were chosen as potential fourth outfielders for one or more of the following reasons:

  • They offer some sort of platoon advantage

  • However, with their platoon advantage comes a clear platoon weakness in their profile

  • They offer average to above-average defense that would be of use late in games

  • They likely won’t command starting time but would be satisfactory if asked to start due to injury/poor performance

Robbie Grossman

2022 Statistics: 129 G, .209/.310/.311, 82 wRC+, -0.3 fWAR

Aside from Adam Duvall, Grossman represents the highest-upside player on this list. After posting a .239/.354/.430 slash line, good for a 118 wRC+, between Oakland and Detroit in 2020 and 2021, Grossman’s numbers cratered well-below career norms with the Tigers in 2022. Part of this had to do with his atrocious season against RHP, which was far from career norms:

  • 2022 vs. RHP: .163/.253/.256, 48 wRC+

  • Career vs. RHP: .232/.335/.363, 96 wRC+

Interestingly enough, in Grossman’s 2022 season in which he only hit eight home runs,…

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