Sporcle Saturday: Free Agent signings

Signing of Liam Hendriks grades out as the best move of the offseason (Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire)

With the White Sox officially announcing the signing of Liam Hendriks, the righty reliever becomes one of the higher-paid free agents in franchise history slotting into seventh place. While fans have yet to see a $100+ million contract (and it would seem we shouldn’t hold our breath on that anytime soon, Zack Wheeler notwithstanding), three of the top-seven signings have come over the past two offseasons. Progress, however small it might be. (But as Jim noted, we’re still looking at water towers)

At any rate, today’s Sporcle asks you to remember the top free agent contracts in White Sox history: no extensions included. In all, there are 35 names: how many can you get? Good luck!

Quiz Parameters

  • I’ve allotted 10 minutes for completion attempts.
  • For hints I’ve provided the date of the signing, and the contract details.

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Data from a combination of Baseball ReferenceMLB Trade Rumors Transaction Tracker, the New York Times archive, and Newspaperarchive.com

(Photo by Cody Glenn/Icon Sportswire)


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31/35. All but one of my misses were bullpen guys, the other miss was a re-signed outfielder. (I remember from the last time Ted did a FA quiz that the Sox resigning their own free agents counted for this list.)

The outfielder I missed played a small part in Tom Seaver’s 300th win.


31/35. 3 of the 4 I missed were from the last 5 years. How easy it is to forget all of Rick’s bad signings!



That list gets real pathetic real fast.


It’s just amazing that

These two busts
Adam Laroche and Jamie Navarro
are the 11th and 12th highest free agent contracts the Sox have given. That’s really sad.

Last edited 3 years ago by roke1960

We’d be happier with a list of free agents whose contracts compared to their contemporaries. Then at least we could enjoy Carlton Fisk and Floyd Bannister during that brief period when Jerry Reinsdorf acted as though he was interested in paying fair market value for elite talent.

Two take aways:

  1. I should have done much better.
  2. This was very depressing.