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The Daily Chop: Encarnacion to White Sox

The White Sox made a splash on Christmas Day, signing veteran slugger Edwin Encarnacion.

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The market for designated hitters has become less robust in recent years, but for a slugger with the consistency of Edwin Encarnacion there will always be opportunity. The White Sox secured the services of Encarnacion on Wednesday, signing him to a one-year, $12 million deal. The deal also includes a $12 million club option for 2021.

With the addition of Encarnacion, the White Sox stand to field one of the worst defensive teams in baseball. The lumbering presence of Encarnacion combined with Jose Abreu, Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, and Eloy Jimenez has the makings of a hilariously awful defense unless major changes are made. The signing of Yasmani Grandal should aid the pitching staff in Chicago greatly, but the defense behind them will likely be a much different story.

One of the pitchers who will be affected by this porous defense is Dallas Keuchel, who signed with the White Sox last week. His contact-oriented tendencies hardly match well with a defense that will likely allow a lot of extra baserunners. Keuchel was nothing special with a solid Atlanta defense at his back in 2019, so the three-year pact he signed with Chicago could look awfully ridiculous if the defense is not addressed.

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