Chicago White Sox
The Chicago White Sox could be somewhat of surprise players for Cespedes. The main question is whether they want to surpass last season’s modest $115 million payroll mark, which ranked right in the middle of the league on opening day.
If they can muster up the cash for Cespedes, the middle of their lineup becomes star studded. Uniting Cespedes with fellow countryman Jose Abreu and the newly acquired Todd Frazier would give the Sox some serious firepower.
The White Sox would also have a small logjam in their outfield. Avisail Garcia just has not been the player they envisioned, posting a disappointing -0.3 WAR in his first full season of action. He could be relegated to a bench role or traded if the Sox were to acquire Cespedes. That isn’t necessarily a bad problem to have, though.
Similar to the Giants, the White Sox should be players for Cespedes, but only if the price drops.