The Chicago White Sox desperately need to add starting pitching in the offseason.
It became an even more pressing need after Mike Clevinger declined his mutual option and became a free agent.
Despite his questionable character, Clevinger produced and now the White Sox need to fill up to possibly four spots in their starting rotation.
Dylan Cease is the only starter you can pencil into the starting rotation. Michael Kopech was so bad this season that he had to be banished to the bullpen. He was not much better there.
There is talk of him getting another shot in Spring Training to prove he is a starter. The new front office leadership believes Kopech can still be a productive starting pitcher despite two seasons showing he cannot consistently perform there.
Garrett Crochet has also been mentioned to be an internal candidate for the starting rotation. Jesse Scholtens did enough in his midseason audition to get a crack at a spot.
Those three arms do not exactly scream a quick turnaround from a 101-loss season that ownership is demanding.
Therefore, general manager Chris Getz needs to go into free agency and land a couple of arms to bolster the rotation to catch the Minnesota Twins next season–no matter how unrealistic that is.
Right off the bat (no pun intended), you can cross off Shohei Ohtani. Owner Jerry Reinsdorf made it clear the Chicago White Sox will not spend that big. Also, Aaron Nola and Blake Snell will probably be too expensive for Reinsdorf’s liking.
Therefore, Getz will have to go through the bargain bin to fill out the rotation. There are six options he should pursue–with three possibly being too expensive for the owner’s liking–to fill out the rotation that could give the Chicago White Sox a slim chance at turning things around quickly.