znelsen14’s Offseason Plan

Realism Abounds

The White Sox are in a tough spot. Injuries everywhere, top prospects struggling in the major leagues. I don’t think they spend big in free agency, but there are some realistic options (sorry Bryce Harper fans) to make this team playable next year until contention is a legitimate option.


Write “tender” or “non-tender” after each player. Feel free to offer explanation afterward if necessary.

  • Jose Abreu, $16M Tender, moral leader, someone has to produce… right?
  • Avisail Garcia, $8M Tender, will he finally stay healthy and swing at better pitches? Not a chance, but he’s a serviceable right fielder when not on the DL, which is to say he’s the best outfielder on your roster right now, so I don’t think you can let him walk. 
  • Yolmer Sanchez, $4.7M Tender, what else would we do with Gatorade buckets? 
  • Carlos Rodon, $3.7M Tender, and offseason without health issues could help
  • Matt Davidson, $2.4M Tender, what other DH can throw smoke?
  • Leury Garcia, $1.9M Non-tender, Jose Rondon offers intriguing utility infield value, free agency will address the hole his utility role leaves in the outfield.
  • Danny Farquhar, $1.4M Non-tender, Sorry Danny, I love the story, but $1.4 mil is a little rich for a guy who might never pitch in the bigs again.


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, leaves you $14 mil richer, can bring him back for less than that $14 mil and save yourself some money.


Try to retain, or let go?

  • Miguel Gonzalez (made $4.75 million in 2018) He gone
  • Hector Santiago (made $2 million in 2018 — added) He gone


SP Dallas Keuchel – (3 years, $40 million)- He’s got a Mark Buehrle feel to him. Nothing flashy but gets outs and fields his position well. Will eat up innings. The beard will serve him well in those April snow storms.

OF Andrew McCutchen – (2 years, $28 million)- The Sox have a glaring hole in the outfield. McCutchen can still play CF (although it is not pretty) but it’s his OBP that makes him worth the money. The South Side needs some guys to get on base, and McCutchen has done that for a long time. This allows Engel to be your fourth outfielder who can come in late in games to upgrade the defense when needed. If this is a bit too rich for the front office, I could see Cameron Maybin here instead.

SP James Shields- (1 year, $7 million) – This saves you 7 million over picking up his option. Big Game James is more like Big Fly James these days, but he’s been a great mentor to this developing staff, and can still give the bullpen a day off every once in a while.

RP Brad Brach- (1 year 6 million) – The Sox have lots of young bullpen arms, but many are not quite ready yet. Brach can fill the spot, look for him to be flipped at the deadline when guys like Burdi or Frare are a little more ready.


I don’t see a trade happening in the offseason. Look for Brach and/or Jones, and maybe even Garcia to go at the deadline. They won’t be quite competitive enough to be buyers yet.


Let me start by saying I am as unenthused with this lineup as you are. But this seems like a realistic plan given the Sox spending history, and you are bringing in some experience and winning attitude to add to this locker room. I think we are one year away from our competitive window, but this plan moves you steadily and responsibly in that direction.


C Castillo

1B Abreu

2B Moncada

SS Anderson

3B Sanchez

LF Jimenez (after he magically learns to field right around April 15th)

CF McCutchen

RF Garcia

DH – Palka

Bench – Narvaez, Rondon, Davidson, Engel

Others that make Appearances: Delmonico, Smith, Alvarez, Cordell, Tilson

Pitching Staff

Starters: Rodon, Lopez, Keuchel, Giolito, Shields

Bullpen: Jones, Fry, Hamilton, Minaya,  Covey, Bummer, Brach

Others that make appearances due to injuries or underperformance: Burr, Fulmer, Frare, Vieira, Burdi, Stephens

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Includes the cutch. A plus 1 for me!

Eagle Bones

The sad part is, and this isn’t a dig at your plan, that this would be a pretty huge financial outlay for this team (especially since I think Keuchel gets more money than that). And yet I’d still look at this roster and feel like it’s not very good. I guess I need to set my expectations REALLY low for them this offseason.