Free agency is a wild thing in Major League Baseball. It helps teams win big by adding good new players, but it can also get some teams into trouble. The White Sox never seem to have either happen to them because they just never spend big on free agents.
Yasmani Grandal’s 78 million dollar contract handed out a few years ago is the biggest contract in team history. It seemed to be a step in the right direction, but they are still just one of a few teams in the league that hasn’t handed out a one-million dollar contract yet.
One player that they might want to consider trying to get is Kodai Senga. He is a Japanese pitcher who is looking to make a jump over to Major League Baseball. Of course, he is very good and has had a lot of success in every league that he played in.
Senga is a pitcher who dominates with two types of fastballs. He throws a typical fastball that reaches 100 miles per hour regularly, which is always helpful in today’s MLB. He also throws a fantastic split fastball that is considered to be nasty.
We’ve seen a guy like Lance Lynn dominate by mostly using different fastballs, but Senga is a guy who might want to bring out a new pitch when he reaches Major League Baseball.
The White Sox are a team that might be able to help him grow his game in a winning environment. They were disappointing in 2022 and they still managed to be .500 in a year that they played very poorly. After a few moves during the offseason, they should get back to being in contention.
Ethan Katz is a very good pitching coach that has helped many different pitchers develop. Guys like Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, Michael Kopech, and Lucas Giolito have all had success at different times under Katz who would do great things for a guy like Senga.
There, of course, are lots of great teams that are in him. The big market teams in a winning spot are the most likely. The 2022 season might leave a sour taste in a lot of people’s mouths when it comes to the White Sox, but they could end up being very good if they are smart. Adding someone like Senga and being patient with his stuff would for sure be considered “smart”.