Chicago Cubs: Breaking down the latest free agent rumors

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Chicago Cubs: White Sox interested in bringing in Castellanos?

I wrote about this on Wednesday, but it bears repeating – especially since there are people who genuinely believe the Chicago White Sox will pursue outfielder Nicholas Castellanos this offseason.

The one reason such an idea seems a bit far-fetched is the fact that Castellanos, paired with Eloy Jimenez in the corner outfield spots would give the Sox an outfield that, defensively, leaves more than a little to be desired. That being said, his bat would give Chicago an incredibly deep lineup and you know he’d love terrorizing his former club in Detroit.

Castellanos would undoubtedly boost an outfield group that didn’t live up to the hype in 2019 – especially offensively. After coming over to the Cubs in a deadline deal, the 27-year-old turned in an otherworldly second half, serving as the club’s spark plug down the stretch.

When I sit back and look at what the Sox have going for them, though, I don’t know if I’m thinking $80 million for Castellanos addresses my biggest concerns. The White Sox ranked ninth in the AL with a 4.90 ERA – and, apart from Lucas Giolito, the rotation was an unabashed disaster.

That kind of money might be best utilized going after a guy like Zack Wheeler and/or even Cole Hamels, who could serve as a stabilizing force on that staff. Castellanos would be nice, but the Sox have far bigger problems if they want to contend next season.