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Will Edwin Encarnacion be back? What role will Andrew Vaughn play? 3 questions about Chicago White Sox designated hitters heading into 2021.

This is the ninth in a series of position-by-position analyses of the Chicago White Sox after the 2020 season.

The Sox hold a $12 million option on Edwin Encarnacion for 2021 that does not include a buyout. Will Encarnacion, who struggled in 2020, be back? Here are three questions about Sox designated hitters.

After getting a combined 17 home runs from their designated hitters in 2019, the Sox signed veteran slugger Edwin Encarnacion to a one-year deal last offseason hoping to increase production from the role.

Encarnacion, 37, hit 10 home runs in 176 plate appearances, but overall he never got into a groove.