- Jose Abreu, $16M – tender
- Avisail Garcia, $8M – non-tender
- Yolmer Sanchez, $4.7M – tender
- Carlos Rodon, $3.7M – tender
- Matt Davidson, $2.4M – tender
- Leury Garcia, $1.9M – tender
- Danny Farquhar, $1.4M – nontender, resign MILB deal
- Nate Jones, $4.65 million/$1.25M buyout – Pick up
- James Shields, $16 million/$2M buyout – Buy out
OTHER IMPENDING FREE AGENTS
- Miguel Gonzalez (made $4.75 million in 2018) Peace!
- Hector Santiago (made $2 million in 2018 — added) Bye!
Yasmani Grandal (4 years, $72 million) – One of the most underrated catchers in baseball (3rdhighest fwar since 2015). Grandal has a career 117 wRC+ and is one of the better defending catchers in baseball. He is consistently one of the best framers in baseball, which will greatly aid our young pitching.
Yusei Kukichi (5 years, $75 million) – I have no clue what Kukichi’s market will be. This is just a random guess. Kukichi is a 27 year old LHP from Japan with a career 2.82 era in more than 150 starts. He throws a fastball that has been clocked a 98 but sits more 92-94. His slider is considered a plus pitch. He also mixes in a curve and changeup. He also has a deceptive delivery. He is projected to be #3 starter, with upside for more. I originally had us signing Keuchel for 4 years, $84 million but decided to mix it up a little bit.
Clay Bucholz (1 year, $9 million) – Bucholz had a career resurgence in 2018 with the dbacks. Sign him as a filler to the back of the rotation. If he continues to pitch well, flip him at the deadline.
Jose Abreu to the Rockies for Ian Desmond, Colton Welker and Ramiel Tapia – Abreu enters his last year of his contract (arbitration) and will probably be paid around $13 million again. Desmond is still owed $53 million on his contract. The White Sox will absorb about $40 of that contract with Abreu departing and get former top 100 prospect Raimel Tapia and current top 100 3rd base prospect Colton Welker. Tapia becomes the White Sox starting Centerfielder, Welker will start in AA with a possible September call. Desmond will hold it down in Right/Left field until Eloy takes over in left.
Wellington Castillo to the Brewers for 2 lottery ticket players:With Grandal on board, there’s no need for a back up making $7.5 million dollars. Trade him to the catcher needy Brewers to shed salary.
Gavin Sheets, Spencer Adams and Kodi Medieros to the Cardinals for Jose Martinez: With Abreu gone, the White Sox need a cost controlled slugger. Jose Martinez is 30 years old with a career 130 wRC+, he is controlled until 2022. His value has been limited due to him playing in the OF in St. Louis. A permanent move to first base will increase his value and he can even DH.
Mid April lineup:
3B Sanchez (Welker at end of yet)
- Bucholz (Cease at end of year)
The White Sox need to add legit MLB players this year that will be part of next play off team. The 1-5 of this lineup is pretty good. Anderson and Tapia have some untapped potential, could make for a pretty exciting lineup. Rotation-wise, it would be interesting TV. Giolito needs to figure it out and find consistency in his mechanics. If Lopez continues to pitch like he did at the end of the year – Rodon, Lopez and Kukichi- could make for a solid 1-3. Not to mention Cease being up at some point.
Jose Martinez never got past AA in 7 years with the Sox and at 30, you to trade half the farm for him.
Yeah, I don’t see the point in trading for a late bloomer first baseman who’s been worth 1.5 bWAR two straight seasons. I’m not saying I don’t like Martinez, but there has to be a better way to get a first baseman.
I actually like that Jose Martinez trade. Gavin Sheets, Spencer adams, and Kodi, by no means qualify as “half the farm”. Frankly thats an underpay for the VERY const controlled martinez. Yeah hes 30 and hes a 1B. Hes also just posted an OPS of .821 and .895 the past 2 years. as a 1B/DH, his ability to slug a bit and get on base should be pretty reliable until age ~33 at least
IF Jose Martinez were on the table for a trade similar to what was proposed – I wouldn’t be a against it.
I think it’s just inefficient to trade any kind of future talent (especially one of our higher floor pitchers who’s on the cusp of the majors) to acquire a mediocre first baseman for a few years. That’s one thing on the market even this notoriously cheapass team can get relatively easily, nor have they historically had a problem filling the position.
Who cares what player Jose Martinez was with the White sox 6 years ago, it only matters how he is now. And if a first base prospect that hit 6 homeruns last year, a back end starter and a reliever is “selling the farm” then you have a very loose view of that term.