As one of the Detroit Tigers’ nearest competitors, the Chicago White Sox rumors are important to keep note of. The rumor of the day regarding the White Sox involves the player that fans want to see back in the Tigers’ left field: Yoenis Cespedes.
Jul 31, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera (24) and Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
The White Sox and Detroit Tigers nearly tied in the race to the bottom of the AL Central in 2015 (the Tigers won) and both teams have been making moves to improve in 2016. While the Tigers beefed up their bullpen and starting rotation, the White Sox have been beefing up their bats by adding Todd Frazier, Brett Lawrie and Dioner Navarro. If their biggest threat at the plate, Jose Abreu had his way, his fellow Cuban would be sitting in the dugout right next to him.
According to ESPN writer Doug Padilla, the White Sox are one of the few teams who are seriously pursuing the Cuban outfielder along with Alex Gordon. They are also rumored to be interested in Justin Upton.
While the Detroit Tigers are already pushing the luxury tax threshold with their high priced contracts, the White Sox have plenty of room to move on one of these three outfielders.
With the addition of Frazier and Lawrie, the Sox already have potential to hit well against the Tigers pitchers. Cespedes has a .333 average against the 2016 Tigers pitching rotation and bullpen. This is the last thing the Tigers need to worry about each time they face the Sox.
May 27, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics third baseman Brett Lawrie (15) tags out Detroit Tigers left fielder Yoenis Cespedes (52) at third base during the fourth inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports
Of course, the Tigers are loaded with big hitters who can certainly hold their own, but it would be much nicer to have Cespedes or Gordon wearing the Old English D rather than the Black and Silver.
In other news regarding the White Sox and players who could cause trouble for the Tigers, the Sox have added Jerry Sands to their roster. The former Cleveland Indians part-time outfielder has demolished Tigers pitching in his 13 at-bats with six hits and six RBIs in 2015.
Of course, the Tigers have plenty of other teams to play in 2016 but the White Sox can be a sneaky bunch. The other team in Chicago usually get all of the press with Joe Maddon and his masterful work as the Skipper. If the Tigers brass are keeping a watchful eye on the competition in the AL Central, they will make the right moves – no matter what the price – to bring Mike Ilitch that long awaited championship ring in November 2016.