With only days till Opening Day, the White Sox have some decisions to make with the 26 man roster.

There are of course plenty of locks on the team but there are also some really interesting position battles for the bottom of that 26 man roster. As a reminder, each team can only carry a maximum of 13 pitchers, which is how many White Sox manager Ricky Renteria has said he is going to carry. Without further ado, here is your 2020 White Sox 26 man roster.

First the infielders, the obvious locks are Jose Abreu at first base, Yoan Moncada at third and Tim Anderson at shortstop. If the Sox are serious about contended the full season Nick Madrigal should be starting the season at second base, but he won’t be and he’ll be up later in April. To round out the infield it will be Leury Garcia starting the season at second and Danny Mendick will be the fifth infielder.

With Luis Robert signing his deal earlier this offseason, the White Sox outfield is almost locked in stone. Eloy in left, Robert in the center and Nomar Mazara will get the start in right field. Adam Engel will be the fourth outfielder. Garcia will also serve as a super-utility player and will get some playing time in the outfield when needed.

The designated hitter might be the easiest to slot in as Edwin Encarnacion will hold that spot down for as long as he wants to.

Catching is another spot where things can get a little interesting. The White Sox are in a place where they have two All-Star catchers on the roster in Yasmani Grandal and James McCann. Grandal will catch the most games of the two, but catching depth is something every great team has. McCann, however, might be too good to only catch 20 or so games a season and he will eventually get traded if the Sox are in a position to do such a thing.

Spring Training and Instagram superstar Yermin Mercedes gets the slot for the 26th man for a big bat off the bench and emergency catcher. He is an older prospect and deserves a shot at the show.

To round out the offense the Sox will carry 5 infielders, 4 outfielders, one DH, and 3 catchers giving them 13 bats on the 26 man roster.

Now the pitching staff will make or break the Sox this season. The starting five right now has a few locks in it but some injuries at the start of Spring Training could make for some interesting starts in the early going of the season. Lucas Giolito sounds to be recovering well from a little set back in the work out the portion of Spring Training and he will be ready to throw in live games in a week or so.

The other rotation spots will be Dallas Kuechel, Reynaldo Lopez and Dylan Cease. The fifth spot could be a spot for some competition. With Gio Gonzalez seeming to be moving along slower than the rest of the pitchers we could see some spot starts to start the year, or perhaps someone like Michael Kopech starts the season with the Sox.

The bullpen is a spot the Sox are looking to drastically get some improvement. They added Steve Cishek to help bridge to closer Alex Colome. They also locked up Aaron Bummer long term to do the same. The rest of the bullpen might be a little shaky. Kelvin Herrera and Jace Fry will look to bounce back to the forms they had in 2018. The other arms in the bullpen will be Carson Fulmer, Evan Marshall, and Jimmy Cordero.

The best thing about this White Sox season, other than the actual hopefulness of the season, is the depth.
There is legitimate and serviceable depth in areas the Sox haven’t had for a while.

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