Establish where you see the White Sox at this point, and your mindset/philosophy/strategy in putting together the roster for the upcoming season.
Write “tender” or “non-tender” after each player. Feel free to offer explanation afterward if necessary.
- Jose Abreu, $16M – tender
- Avisail Garcia, $8M – non tender
- Yolmer Sanchez, $4.7M -tender
- Carlos Rodon, $3.7M – tender
- Matt Davidson, $2.4M – non tender
- Leury Garcia, $1.9M – tender
- Danny Farquhar, $1.4M – non tender
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
(1) Brian Dozer – 1 yr @ 10mil with option for 2nd yr at 8 mil. This does two things for the Sox. One moves Moncada to third and two gives Madrigal time before making it to the majors.
(2) James Shields – 1 year @ 2 million as a spring invite and makes the team. A crazy idea to some, this is a Sox move. A older guy they love and know. He can eat innings, help young guys and I don’t see him starting but playing in a Santiago role where he can do long relief and spot start if needed. Sox already gave him 2 mil why not another 2 mil. It would be dumb to not assume there isn’t an injury that comes out of spring training. So right now, shields is not listed below but I assume he makes the team in some way
(3) Gio Gonzalez – 1 yr @ 11 mil. Comes back to the Sox and finally sticks and makes the big league roster. Gives them a mid rotation arm
(4) Kurt Suzuki – 2 year @ 9 mil. Back up veteran catcher. Will help with a young pitching staff and young catchers upcoming. Below will explain the reasoning.
(1) Sox trade Carlos Rodon and Nate Jones and cash to pay for Jones to Houston for Forest Whitley, JB Bukauskas and Francis Martes — I get it, why move Rodon… am I crazy??? Hear me out, are the Sox really strong competitors next year? With Rodon being a Scott Boras guy and 3 yrs left before paying him, I don’t see Sox shelling out the cash for him and being a boras guy he’s gonna more than likely test FA. Let’s move him after a strong come back from the injury at the start of the yr and get Whitley who could be a solid top guy with 6 yrs control and he’s ready when kopeck and cease are up in 2020 along with Lopez.
Why this makes sense for Houston, with McCullers our for the yr, Morton and Keuchel a FA. Rodon can fit in cheap and under contact for the next three years. He can be a 2 or a 5 in the rotation for a team built to win now. Nate Jones is a throw in to the pen, Sox send some cash to pay for the season
(2) Sox trade Jayce Fry and Lincoln Henzman to the Cubs for Tyler Chatwood, Ian Happ – cubs get a good young arm, Sox get a potential solid bat for the outfield and a starter. Chatwood was horrible for the cubs last year but in Colorado he was good. Let’s get him with the Sox and Coop and let’s see if they can get him cam to form. Happ can play all three OF spots, I pencil him in at LF to start the year but when Eloy comes up he moves to CF and Engel becomes a 4th OF
(3) Sox trade Omar Narvaez, Alex Call, Juan Minaya to nationals for Victor Robles. Sox get their CF for the future, with Robles having been blocked in the OF for Washington. I love Narvaez, he’s improved every year. But Nats need a solid catcher. He’s under contract for next few years for a team that can compete in the NL East. Getting Minaya helps with their pen and Call is a guy that can be a 4th in the future
3rd – Moncada
CF – Robles
1st – Abreu
DH – Palka
LF – Happ
2nd – Dozier
C – Castillo
SS – Anderson
RF – Engel
(Eloy takes RF and bats 4 by end on April and Engel to bench. Sox option Garcia at that time) (I know Engel is best at CF, but Robles is the guy moving forward and Engel holds RF for a limited time until Eloy is ready)
I am way under the $110 million payroll. I don’t think the Sox go that high and they really don’t need to. If pitching holds up, this roster can have them competing in the AL Central especially if CLE sells off their roster.