After decimating their pitching staff at the Major League Baseball Trade Deadline this past season, the Chicago White Sox will be targeting pitching this off-season.
We’ve seen that emphasis in the first move that the White Sox made this off-season when they traded reliever Aaron Bummer to the Atlanta Braves for starting pitcher Mike Soroka.
Given the increasing chances that the White Sox will be trading starting pitcher Dylan Cease this winter, it would seem that the team is not done adding to their starting rotation.
Former Major League Baseball general manager Jim Bowden ran down a list of free agent fits for each team this off-season in his latest piece for The Athletic (Subscription Required). For the White Sox, Bowden mentions free-agent starting pitcher Michael Lorenzen.
Lorenzen had two very different profiles during the 2023 season. Lorenzen was named to the 2023 All-Star game after posting a 3.58 ERA (124 ERA+ ) in 105.2 innings pitched with the Detroit Tigers during the first half of the season. Lorenzen was traded to the Philadelphia Phillies at the deadline and struggled considerably during the final two months of the season. Lorenzen posted a 5.81 ERA (78) in 47.1 innings pitched with the Phillies.
Lorenzen signing with the White Sox would mark a return to the American League Central as he was at the start of last season. For the White Sox, at the very least, they would have a starting pitcher that can be capable of eating innings during the first half of the season. If Lorenzen has similar success to what he had during the first half of last season, the White Sox could move him at the deadline as they look to further the ascension of their farm system.