As If We’re Trying: MM’s Offseason Plan

PREAMBLE

Everyone knows the White Sox front office is incompetent. What this plan presupposes is… maybe they aren’t. 

A good organization would invest in sustainable, defensible strategies to build long-term success without needing to trade assets at peak value or buy lots of wins at market prices via free agency. That’s really about scouting, player development, international presence, and creativity. It’s really the only way the White Sox will ever become a consistently winning organization. Hint: not going to happen with this management and ownership. Besides, that’s not something you reap rewards from overnight.

This plan is.

ARBITRATION-ELIGIBLE PLAYERS

Write “tender” or “non-tender” after each player and their projected 2020 salaries. Feel free to offer explanation afterward if necessary.

  • Alex Colomé, $10.3M – non-tender (This guy is a DFA waiting to happen. Increased BB%, unimpressive K%, plummeting soft contact rate. He could be worth the contract. He could also be worthless. We don’t got $ for that.)   
  • Yolmer Sánchez, $6.2M – tender (I’m actually offering him something like 2/$10M with a $1.2M buyout. I like the defensive versatility. I think the bat is better than 2019.)
  • James McCann, $4.9M – non-tender (His 2nd half was like the numbers that got him DFA’d by Detroit. Not sure why anyone keeps him outside of laziness and/or fear that Giolito isn’t the same without him. I believe in Giolito.)
  • Carlos Rodon, $4.5M – tender (Could be a good add down the stretch.)
  • Leury García, $4M – non-tender (Whatever. Just a guy.)
  • Evan Marshall, $1.3M – tender
  • Josh Osich, $1M – tender
  • Ryan Goins, $900K – non-tender

CLUB OPTIONS

Write “pick up” or “decline” after the option.

  • Welington Castillo: $8 million/$500,000 buyout

Decline

OTHER IMPENDING FREE AGENTS

Try to retain, or let go?

  • Jose Abreu (made $16M in 2019) Retain
  • Iván Nova (made $9,166,167 in 2019) Let go
  • Jon Jay (made $4M in 2019) Let go
  • Hector Santiago (made $2M in 2019 on split contract) Let go

FREE AGENTS

No. 1: RHP Zack Wheeler (five years, $90M).

No. 2: C Yasmani Grandal (four years, $76M).

No. 4: LHP Madison Bumgarner (four years, $72M). He’s back healthy. Guy is a workhorse. I think he gives you value for the length of the contract.

No. 5: SS Didi Gregorious (three years, $48M). There’s a new SS on the South Side. Tim Anderson is moving to CF. Luis Robert will be in RF.  

No. 6: 1B Jose Abreu (two years, $20M). I see the Sox just gave him the QO. Little chance he’s worth more than that next year. Littler chance someone else was going to give him that. This org is frankly embarrassing. Abreu might have been in for a long winter. But it seems, as usual, that instead we are. 

No. 7: DH Edwin Encarnacion (one year, $12M).

No. 8: C Jason Castro (two years, $12M).

SUMMARY

Lineup 

  1. Luis Robert, RF ($0.55M)
  2. Yoan Moncada, 3B ($0.55M)
  3. Jose Abreu, 1B ($10.00M)
  4. Edwin Encarnacion, DH ($12M)
  5. Eloy Jimenez, LF ($2,33M)
  6. Yasmani Grandal, C ($19M)
  7. Didi Gregorious, SS ($16.00M)
  8. Tim Anderson, CF ($4.00M)
  9. Nick Madrigal, 2B ($0.55M)

Bench:

Rotation:

  1. Lucas Giolito, RHP ($0.55M)
  2. Zack Wheeler, RHP ($18.00M)
  3. Madison Bumgarner, LHP ($18.00M)
  4. Michael Kopech, RHP ($0.55M)
  5. Reynaldo Lopez, RHP ($0.55M)
  6. Dylan Cease, RHP ($0.55M)

I think the Gregorious move improves the defense and the lineup. Plus, I didn’t like the FA OFs. Catching is going to be a real strength for this team. Rotation has some insurance. Going to just take a ton of fliers on the bullpen. 

With Herrera ($8.5M), Marshall ($1.3M), Osich ($1M), and a bunch of league minimum guys, I’ve got this at $129M in total payroll. 

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mvrock

Didi improves your defense, but “strengthens the lineup?” He’s a career .264 hitter with a below league average OBP of .313 that’s coming off of a .238/.276 campaign. And, while you strengthen the D at short, by moving Robert to right and putting Anderson in center – a brand new position – you are weakening your D in center. I just don’t see this. And, tying up $16M a year for 3 years in order to do this is beyond mind-boggling. The Sox will probably do it.

karkovice squad

If you acquire him, you’re looking for the player he was in ’17 & ’18, after his breakout. His numbers this year were affected by injury and he’s probably a frontrunner for comeback player of the year.

hackwilson

Didi DH and utilty infielder 35 million 3 years and you have power on the left side of guarantee rate …Tim Anderson stays put under Didi tutoring

GrabSomeBench

Sure, Didi could be a player coach like the backup QB for the Bears. How did that work out?

lil jimmy

I like it.
Where you been?

karkovice squad

I don’t hate this.

Trooper Galactus

I can’t get behind any plan that shifts Tim Anderson to center field. I just don’t understand the mentality that he’ll somehow do really well at the second most important defensive position, which he’s never played, and needs to move because he’s been poor at the most important defensive position, which he’s been bad at but flashed signs of excellence. It’s even more mind-boggling considering our top prospect is a center fielder and there are plenty of reasonable solutions for RF in free agency.

As Cirensica

I don’t know if we should move TA to CF, but I can’t see Anderson playing SS for too long. He is just not good there.

As Cirensica

I like this plan a lot