Write “tender” or “non-tender” after each player. Feel free to offer explanation afterward if necessary.
- Jose Abreu, $16M – tender and extend. Jose is the leader of the old-guard and I still stick to the idea that he can serve as an excellent mentor. Once the window is fully open in the 2020s, he can serve as a DH or platoon with a power-hitting left hander (Collins?).
- Avisail Garcia, $8M – tender. The devil you know is better than the one you don’t. I don’t see any problem with sticking him in right and hoping he returns to something close to his 2017 form. If he starts looking like it, a mid-season extension could be on the table.
- Yolmer Sanchez, $4.7M – tender. The ultimate utility player who I have a soft spot for since he kept this season fun with his antics.
- Carlos Rodon, $3.7M – tender. Clear yes. See if he will bite on a Quintana or Sale like extension somewhere in the area of 5 years and $50-60 million.
- Matt Davidson, $2.4M – non-tender.
- Leury Garcia, $1.9M – non-tender.
- Danny Farquhar, $1.4M – non-tender but sign to a minor league deal. This is more about goodwill than anything, but sometimes that helps potential free agents view the club as loyal.
Write “pick up” or “decline” after the option.
- Nate Jones, $4.65 million/$1.25M buyout – pick up.
- James Shields, $16 million/$2M buyout – decline.
OTHER IMPENDING FREE AGENTS
Try to retain, or let go?
- Miguel Gonzalez (made $4.75 million in 2018) – let go
- Hector Santiago (made $2 million in 2018 — added) – let go
No. 1: AJ Pollock (3 years, $36 million). I like Pollock as a stop-gap until Robert or Basabe are ready. Basabe may never play center, but I think next year the Sox make this determination due to his big arm. Pollock has sneaky pop and I think an OBP anywhere between .310 and .320 is serviceable enough to relegate Engel to late-inning defensive replacement.
No. 2: DJ LeMahieu (two years, $24M) – In the same sense that Pollock is a stopgap for prospects, I think that LeMahieu is an excellent stopgap for Madrigal. With a decent average and average pop for a second baseman, I think this is a prudent signing for a guy who can take over in the 2 hole in the batting order.
No. 3: Gio Gonzalez (2 years, $28M with third year team option at $12M) – I like him as an innings eater, and I think a lefty to slot in at the #4 spot behind Kopech (once he’s healthy), Rodon and Lopez would give the Sox an above average rotation and he could be an excellent #5 whenever Cease is ready.
Propose trades that you think sound reasonable for both sides, and the rationale behind them. A good example of a bad idea:
No. 1: Trade Wellington Castillo and Alec Hansen to the Braves for William Contreras. The Braves have an excellent defensive catcher in Tyler Flowers (RIP) but I think they can pair Castillo’s bat with him for some better production out of that position. They also can develop Hansen either as a powerful bullpen arm for the nearer-future or try to rework him as a starter for the long-term. Castillo’s salary comes off the payroll and Contreras gives us a better defensive catching prospect if Zavala or Collins don’t stick behind the plate long-term.
- Anderson – SS
- LeMahieu – 2B
- Eloy – LF
- Abreu – 1B
- Palka – DH
- Pollock – CF
- Moncada – 2B
- Garcia – RF
- Narvaez/Zavala – C
I think the 1-6 looks much, much better and the 8 spot will improve dramatically once the first outfield prospect is ready.
- Engel – OF
- Yolmer – UT
- Zavala/Narvaez – C
- Casey Gillaspie –1B/DH
- Rondon – INF
I think someone surprises us with a quick progression from AA to AAA and takes over Gillaspie’s spot by July. This could be someone like Collins, Sheets (who I think should start in Birmingham) or even Luis Gonzalez.
- Covey or Spencer Adams (until Dunning or Cease are ready)
I am really banking on Giolito eating some innings or really figuring something out. People forget how long Spencer Adams has been in the organization and that he had a very good ERA for a very bad team in Charlotte. I think give him a chance and see if he can figure out if he have what it takes to be crafty in the Majors.
I hope this young group grows together and some sort of sequence starts to develop. I personally think that Hamilton and Fry will close until Burdi proves he’s ready and Vieira is on a very short leash. Eventually I hope to replace him with a left-hander, but I don’t think Medeiros will be ready until 2020 (maybe a cup of coffee in September to get his feet wet).