This year and the next couple, depending on the fate of a few drafts and a Marco Paddy-led international scouting initiative, "depth" will be a oft-cited weakness of the White Sox organization. With a barren farm system and a payroll that's still weighing rather heavy, it's going to be a tall task to find suitable replacements for any injuries or drop-offs in performance at the top.
So it's no surprise that the White Sox are bringing in 29 year-old OF Conor Jackson
Now, signing Conor Jackson is a deal any team would do, because it's a minor league contract and thus removed of any real risk or investment. But it also fits in nicely alongside signing Dan Johnson as an attempt to recreate the presence of decent hitting prospects at the top of their organization with AAAA-level veterans. Sure, the White Sox could call-up outfielders Greg Golson or Jordan Danks in a moment's notice, but it's not like they could give those guys actual at-bats. Jackson can at least be counted on to not to strike out and show a decent batting eye. Pretty much any team would take a flier on a skill set like that.
Well, not any team. The Texas Rangers wouldn't, seeing as they cut Jackson after a 3 for 33 performance in Spring Training. The Texas farm system is too deep for Jackson to remain interesting to them if he's hitting that poorly.
The Sox have the time and the spaces in Charlotte to see if the guy who had a .358 OBP in 2026 plate appearances with the Diamondbacks can come back.
The overwhelming likelihood is that he won't, since the last time he was an above-replacement-level player the White Sox were division champs. A bout with valley fever limited Jackson to 30 games in 2009, and he hasn't borne much resemblance to a valuable contributor in the aftermath.
Jackson doesn't want to pin his struggles on the illness, despite the clear correlation. Perhaps he should be taken at his word, since he's ostensibly been healthy for a while now and his once-average power still hasn't returned.
The White Sox wanting Jackson to return to his college position of 3rd base is an interesting, if not completely confounding wrinkle. It's not hard to understand the organization wanting something more promising than Dallas McPherson lying in wait in Charlotte at that position, and Jackson has more athleticism than Dan Johnson if the question of "which Charlotte Knight that hasn't played 3rd base in forever are we going to force to play 3rd base?"
It drastically decreases the chances Jackson ever makes the big leagues with the Sox as this adjustment probably won't take, and the next two guys who would take over the position in case Morel is injured or craters are already on the 25-man roster (Lillibridge and Escobar). Ventura himself could probably take a walk and field balls hit right at him at 3rd for a game or two, so it's really hard to discern what the hell they're doing with Jackson.
Perhaps it's just a sign to disregard this more than the typical minor league contract.
Dayan Viciedo hit a home run on Sunday, and a double on Saturday. With that, he tripled the amount of extra-base hits he has for the Spring, also took a walk, and is slowly starting to drag his hitting statistics to the status of "terrible", when they could previously have been described as "from hell". It's a small start, and all indications are that his adjustments to playing left field will be rough rough rough rough, but it had gotten to the point where we wanted to see Viciedo do something. Well, here's something.