Gerardo Parra's signing with the Rockies has created a logjam in the Colorado outfield. With Corey Dickerson, Charlie Blackmon, and Carlos Gonzalez all deserving regular roles, there has been plenty of rumors swirling about the Rockies trading an outfielder. One such rumor has connected the White Sox with interest in Gonzalez:
Sources: teams to inquire this winter about Cargo include Bal, STL, CWS, LAA, SF, Wash (SF, Wash have since acquired an OF)— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 13, 2016
Gonzalez is an exciting name because he's had some star-caliber years in Colorado and belted out 40 home runs last year. He'd certainly help out the middle of the White Sox lineup and successfully displace Avisail Garcia from a regular role. While he's likely a cut below Justin Upton and Yoenis Cespedes as a player, he has some upside potential and should provide above-average production at the plate. Plus, he obviously doesn't come at the cost of a draft pick, as Upton or Dexter Fowler would.
On the flip side, there's certainly some concerns to consider with Gonzalez as a solution to the outfield problem. Let's take a look at a few: