Joliet Orange Sox boring kinda realistic but still over $170M Offseason Plan


I tried to get better and stay under $170 M but found it impossible.  It can be done if a taker can be found for Keuchel’s $18.5 M but I don’t think that happens in the real world.

This is not my first attempt at posting this.  I got my covid booster this morning and I’m not feeling great with the biggest side effect being that I’m firmly convinced Andy González’s number was 36.  I was not warned of this side effect.  I wonder if the CDC knows about it.


  • Lucas Giolito: $7.9M Tender
  • Reynaldo López; $2.8M Tender
  • Evan Marshall: $2.3M Non-tender (possibly bring back in 2023)
  • Adam Engel: $2.2M Tender
  • Brian Goodwin: $1.7M Non-tender
  • Jimmy Cordero: $1.2M Tender
  • Jace Fry: $1M Non-Tender


  • Craig Kimbrel: $16M ($1M buyout) Pick up and trade
  • César Hernández: $6M Decline


  • Leury García (Made $3.5M in 2021) Re-sign for 2 years at $3.75M per year
  • Carlos Rodón ($3M) Let go (too risky and expensive)
  • Billy Hamilton ($1M) Let go
  • Ryan Tepera ($950K) Re-sign for 2 years at $2.5 M per year


Chris Taylor for 3 years/$36 M

Steven Matz for 2 years / $12 M

If need be, I’d rather go another year on each of these deals than increase the pay per year.


Kimbrel and Engel to the Yankees for Joey Gallo

I had this trade in mind before seeing Greg Nix propose the exact same trade.  I think Kimbrel can only be traded for a player another team wants to get rid of.  Gallo bats left-handed, has a high obp and good power, is a good defender, and will be only 28.  Sure, he strikes out a lot but he’ll only cost $10 M for one year and I think he’s an upgrade that will help.


Here’s what I end up with for $184 M next year:

C Grandal, 1b Abreu, 2b Taylor, ss Anderson, 3b Moncada, LF Jiménez, CF Robert, RF Gallo, DH Sheets/Vaughn


IF/OF Leury, IF Romy González, OF Sheets/Vaughn, C Collins


Giolito, Lynn, Matz, Cease, Kopech, [Keuchel, López (I believe no team makes it a full season on 5 starters)]


Hendriks, Bummer, Tepera, Crochet, Cordero, Burr ,[Keuchel, López]

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Joliet Orange Sox

I follow the White Sox and the Illini basketball team passionately and am at best a lukewarm bandwagon fan of other spectator sports teams. I was born a Sox fan and became an Illini fan during my 10 years as a full-time student at U of I.

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There’s talk the Jays may extend a QO to Matz. If they do, he’ll probably take it.

Trooper Galactus

Holy shit, if they actually sign Taylor for 3/36 I will have a heart attack. I think he’s gonna get twice that in free agency.