This plan that I felt compelled to write took me way much time to complete. The 2021 season this core dealt with a ton of adversity (injuries, Yerms rise and crashing back to earth, and a revolving door in rightfield that has been going on for a decade it seems). There are some holes to fill for this team to take the next step. 2B, RF and trading Kimbrel and Keuchel were the most important moves to make.
I think the Sox go one of two directions: 1 Trade for a 2B and sign a rightfielder (Castellanos, Conforto or Marte) or 2: Trade for a RF and sign a 2B (Semien, Taylor, Baez?).
- Lucas Giolito: $7.9M TENDER
- Reynaldo López; $2.8M TENDER
- Evan Marshall: $2.3M NON-TENDER
- Adam Engel: $2.2M TENDER/TRADE*
- Brian Goodwin: $1.7M NON-TENDER
- Jimmy Cordero: $1.2M PICK UP ON MINOR DEAL
- Jace Fry: $1M NON-TENDER
- Craig Kimbrel: $16M ($1M buyout) PICK UP/ TRADE*
- César Hernández: $6M DECLINE
OTHER IMPENDING FREE AGENTS
- Leury García (Made $3.5M in 2021) LET GO
- Carlos Rodón ($3M) DECLINING QO
- Billy Hamilton ($1M) LET GO
- Ryan Tepera ($950K) LET GO
No. 1: 2B Marcus Semien 5 years $135 million
Semien would be my number one target in the free agent market. He provides leadership, defense and offense. It would be a good story too. Come back home Marcus.
No. 3. RP Yimi Garcia 2 years $ 6 million
Everyone was impressed with Graveman in the playoffs. I liked Garcia too, plus he would be cheaper and doesn’t have the injury history that Graveman has.
No. 3. OF Andrew McCutchen 1 year $7.5 million
Cutch would provide a stop gap for this year in RF. Hopefully some combination of Cespedes, Colas and Adolfo could take that spot in 2023. If McCutchen falters they can trade for an outfielder at the deadline.
TRADES (BTR CERTIFIED)
No. 1. Trade RP Craig Kimbrel and Adam Engel to the Giants for P Blake Rivera. The Giants would be eating the Kimbrel $. Adam Engel fits in perfectly in the Giants team and spacious outfield. Rivera is a pitching prospect who draws comparisons to Kimbrel. A power arm with a power curve. Rivera could turn into a future bullpen arm.
No. 2: 3 Team Blockbuster Trade
White Sox get RP Jordan Romano, P Aaron Ashby, OF Jackie Bradley Jr, P Antoine Kelly and C Reese McGuire
Blue Jay’s get RP Josh Hader, 3B Jake Burger, 2B Keston Hiura, P Adrian Houser and P Dallas Keuchel
Brewers get RP Aaron Bummer, 1B Andrew Vaughn, IF Cavan Biggio, 3B Santiago Espinal and OF Randall Grichuk
In this trade all 3 teams get new bullpen arms and essentially swap bad contracts in Bradley Jr, Keuchel and Grichuk.
The White Sox get a young bullpen arm in Romano (taking Kimbrels spot). Bradley Jr could provide great defense with occasional pop. Bradley Jr contract is too much but all 3 teams take on a bad but more useful one year contract.
No. 3: Trade White Sox RP Cole Irvin and RP AJ Puk for P Andrew Dalquist, 3B Bryan Ramos and OF Blake Rutherford.
Irvin would a valuable piece to have (Puk too). Essentially Irvin and Puk are young controlled arms to fill the Bummer slot. Irvin and Ashby have both started and have worked in the bullpen. I would have Reylo, Kopech, Ashby and Irvin share starts to limit Kopechs innings.
2022 White Sox Lineup
- Tim Anderson SS R ($9.5)
- Yoan Moncada 3B S ($13)
- Marcus Semien 2B R ($27 M)
- Jose Abreu 1B R ($18) R
- Luis Robert CF R ($6M) R
- Eloy Jimenez LF R ($7.5) R
- Yasmani Grandal C ($18) S
- Gavin Sheets DH/1B ($600K) L
- Andrew McCutchen RF ($7.5M) R
Bench Romy Gonzalez IF/OF ($600K), Jackie Bradley Jr OF ($10M), Reese McGuire C ($600K). Micker Adolfo OF ($600K)
- Giolito R ($8.5)
- Lynn R ($18)
- Cease R ($600K)
- Kopech R ($600K)
- Ashby L ($600K)
- Liam Hendriks R ($18 M)
- Jordan Romano R ($600K)
- Yimi Garcia R ($3M)
- Garrett Crochet L ($600K)
- Cole Irvin L ($600K)
- AJ Puk L ($600K)
- Reynaldo López R ($2.8 M)
- Jose Ruiz R ($600K)
Man I would really hope we could get more value out of Bummer, Burger, and Vaughn than that
Vaughn and Bummer have some value. Burger doesn’t really. The trade I proposed filled a few holes. It’s more quantity over quality. I could see Vaughn getting moved for a 2B (Marte, McNeil) or for a OF (Nimmo?)
If Burger doesn’t have value, then why would the White Sox give him away for nothing? He’s shown enough promise that he’s worth keeping around, if he’s not going to return anything of promise.
I mean, you could argue that Burger is rosterable on your plan. I’d rather see him in a DH platoon/Moncada backup then shipped away for nothing.
I think given what Burger showed he was capable of after as long a layoff as he’s had, plenty of teams would be interested in seeing what he can do with a full healthy season behind him.
I don’t say this often but when I do I mean it. “You’re fired!”
It would be awesome to get AJ Puk on the South Side as a buy low candidate.
If Katz can get him to make a similar jump in performance as Cease had this year, the rotation is a lot more solid for a few years.
The big trade is too complex for my pea-brain to understand so I’m not gonna bother.