After a disappointing 2022 season, the Chicago White Sox have made some strong moves this offseason.
This, paired with a relatively weak AL Central that may still be open for a team to take it over, could let the White Sox become playoff contenders.
Here are a pair of reasons why the White Sox could be better than people think in 2023.
It all started with the signing of Mike Clevinger.
While Clevinger has struggled with a variety of injuries over the last few years, he was one of the league’s best arms from 2018-2020.
Yesterday, Mike Clevinger made his emotional return to the mound after a 2-year absence from Tommy John surgery. pic.twitter.com/qXIsfSIhJx
— MLB (@MLB) May 5, 2022
It is possible that he could return to form in 2023, more than a season removed from having Tommy John surgery.
If he can have another breakout season, it would be an immense boost for the team.
Another signing the White Sox made was for outfielder Andrew Benintendi.
Benintendi had a strong season in 2022, posting a .304 batting average.
He also has postseason experience, something that would be a good addition for the White Sox.
While neither of these moves were necessarily marquee, they should each help build off the current roster.
It is also important to realize the talent on this roster.
Each of them can lead a team, and have the potential to compete for the AL MVP.
— B/R Walk-Off (@BRWalkoff) May 7, 2022
From a pitching standpoint, they have one of the best starters in baseball with Dylan Cease.
Michael Kopech took a major step forward last season, and is on the verge of turning into an ace.
Of all the teams in the AL Central, it can be argued that they have the most talent of any team.
Now, it is just a matter of putting it all together under new manager Pedro Grifl.