The Chicago White Sox are attempting to flip the script. That is, the script of “Back to the Future 2”, in which the Chicago Cubs won the 2015 World Series. The White Sox seem to be thinking differently.
According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the White Sox have signed Melky Cabrera to a three-year deal worth $45 million. This comes after the White Sox added Adam LaRoche, Zach Duke, Jeff Samardzija and David Robertson.
The outfielder is coming off of a two year deal with the Toronto Blue Jays after his 2012 steroid accusations and suspension. This past season, he hit .301/.351/.458 (126 OPS+) with 16 home runs and 73 RBI.
The White Sox did not have particularly impressive options in either left or right field, so Cabrera will fill a hole and also fill the hole of the second batter in the lineup, the “one-two punch” of him and Adam Eaton.
The White Sox look almost complete and ready to compete in the 2015 season, excepting the question of who their starting second baseman will be.
Over a 10 year career, Cabrera has hit .286/.339/.415 (103 OPS+) with 88 home runs and 520 RBI.