5. Chicago White Sox
Since their championship run in 2005, it has been a rough road for Chicago’s South Siders. Only in 2008 have they had a first place finish in the American League Central Division since ’05. Of those ten seasons, only in four have they won more than 80 games.
They haven’t had terrible catchers over these recent years, the most serviceable of which has been Tyler Flowers. But Jonathan Lucroy is quite the upgrade over this seven-year veteran who’s best season (2014) was slashing .241/.297/.396 and throwing out 30 percent of opposing base runners attempting a steal.
Comparably, Lucroy’s best season was also in 2014 when he hit .301/.373/.465, threw out 26 percent of opponent basestealers, and finished fourth in the National League’s Most Valuable Player voting.
The White Sox have some money to spend as their current salary level is lower than the team’s yearly average. They also have prospects and players to deal, such as pitcher Tyler Danish and third baseman Matt Davidson. The Brewers are sorely in need of restocking their dwindling farm system.