The Chicago White Sox have reportedly reached an agreement with infielder Paul DeJong, according to MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand. While it remains uncertain whether DeJong is intended to fill the shoes of free agent Tim Anderson, the addition of the former All-Star from the St. Louis Cardinals is expected to bring veteran leadership to the White Sox, who are in a rebuilding phase.
Although the specific details of the contract, including its duration, are yet to be disclosed, sources suggest it is likely a one-season deal, pending a physical examination.
DeJong, primarily a shortstop, spent the years 2017-2023 with the Cardinals before being traded to the Toronto Blue Jays in 2023 and subsequently landing with the San Francisco Giants. His performance in 2023, split between the three teams, saw him achieve a .226/.281/.393 slash line with a .674 OPS. Notably, DeJong earned an All-Star nod in 2019, showcasing his potential impact.
With the White Sox, DeJong aims to make a positive contribution in the upcoming 2024 season, potentially increasing his trade value. As the White Sox navigate a rebuilding phase, DeJong’s performance may influence trade decisions ahead of the 2024 deadline, unless the team surprises the MLB community by emerging as contenders.
At 30 years old, DeJong sees the 2024 season as a pivotal year to enhance his free agency value for the subsequent offseason. The reported deal has the potential to be mutually beneficial for all parties involved. Stay tuned for more updates on MLB free agency developments.