Whether you consider yourself a casual fan or not, it is no secret that the Chicago White Sox organization has a track record of bringing in quality free agents that do not pan out the way the team hoped. On paper, many of these players make sense and fill much-needed holes in the roster, but simply it does not click for the free agent. Players such as Adam Dunn, Adam LaRoche, Welington Castillo, and even as recently as AJ Pollock have not performed the way the front office hoped for. However, one exception to this seemingly cursed wave of free agent signings is Elvis Andrus.
Before coming to the Southside in 2022, 2x all-star Elvis Andrus spent the first 12 years of his MLB career playing shortstop for the Texas Rangers. With him, he brought a career slash line of .274/.330/.372 as well as an always-welcome veteran presence into the clubhouse. After a short tenure in Oakland, Andrus was released, and it did not take long for the White Sox to give him a new home. Primarily filling in for Tim Anderson after he went down with nagging groin and finger injuries throughout the course of the 2022 season, Andrus proved he deserved to be in the lineup nearly every day, even when Anderson came back healthy. Not only did the shortstop perform as an offensive spark plug at times, but his glove work proved why he has spent little over a decade in the major leagues.
Going into the 2023 offseason as a free agent, many Sox fans felt Elvis Andrus had a big enough impact on the team to where the front office should bring him back. With the absence of a true second baseman, it only made sense to try and keep the all-star caliber player around and give him a shot to play a new position. Keep his consistent and reliable tools on top of the leadership he provides, which could help to fill the hole that Jose Abreu left with his departure from the team this offseason. To the pleasure of Sox fans, Andrus was signed to a 1 year/$3,000,000 contract and will most likely be the one to take the starting 2B job. Understand that Andrus has never played second base at the Major League level. However, this spring, he is currently hitting for an average of .429 and passes the eye test on the defensive side of the ball as someone who will have no issues whatsoever with the adjustment to the 4-hole.
Looking forward to this upcoming season, Elvis Andrus is a signing that moves the needle for fans with his return. He brings infield depth, a veteran presence, a quality skillset, and a likable personality. It will be fun to watch the impact he has on the younger guys as well as what he can display in his 15th year in the show.