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The White Sox should be at the point where they are ready to infuse the young talent with vets to push them into contention. Let’s see if they actually do it.
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: tender
- Yolmer Sánchez, $6.2M: non-tender
- James McCann, $4.9M: tender
- Carlos Rodon, $4.5M: tender
- Leury García, $4M: tender
- Evan Marshall, $1.3M: tender
- Josh Osich, $1M: non-tender
- Ryan Goins, $900K: non-tender
Write “pick up” or “decline” after the option.
- Welington Castillo: $8 million/$500,000 buyout – decline. please god decline.
OTHER IMPENDING FREE AGENTS
Try to retain, or let go?
- Jose Abreu (made $16M in 2019): retain – 2 yrs 30mm. 3rd yr team option for 12mm making it a possible 3 for 42.
- 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
No. 1: JD Martinez: 3 year, 72mm deal + club option.
Year 1: 24 million
Year 2: 24 million
Year 3: 24 million
Year 4: 20 million team option or 5 million buyout
No. 2: Yasmani Grandal: 3 year, 60mm deal + team option.
Year 1: 20 million
Year 2: 20 million
Year 3: 20 million
Year 4: 15 million team option or 2.5 million buyout
No. 3: Zack Wheeler: 4 year, 84 million dollar deal
Year 1: 21 million
Year 2: 21 million
Year 3: 21 million
Year 4: 21 million
No. 4: Alex Wood: 1 year, 6 million dollar deal
No. 5″ Steve Cishek: 2 year, 14 million dollar deal.
Propose trades that you think sound reasonable for both sides, and the rationale behind them. A good example of a bad idea:
No. 1: Trade Rutherford, Dunning, and Zavala to Pitt for Starling Marte (Josh stole my idea before I posted…).
Who actually knows what Pitt wants to do? Sell? Add middle of the road aging veterans to give the illusion of competing? Either way, I think this could be a good package to send for Marte who has 2 for 24 (bargain) remaining on his current deal.
Projected Opening Day Lineup:
- Yasmani Grandal – C
- Yoan Moncada – 3B
- Jose Abreu – 1B
- J.D. Martinez – DH
- Eloy Jimenez – LF
- Starling Marte – RF
- Luis Robert – CF
- Tim Anderson – SS
- Leury Garcia – 2B
Bench: Zack Collins, James McCann (Gio personal catcher), Adam Engel, Danny Mendick*
Once madrigal gets inevitably called up, it looks like Mendick would probably be the odd man out.
Projected Opening Day Starting Rotation:
- Lucas Giolito
- Zack Wheeler
- Michael Kopech
- Dylan Cease
- Alex Wood
Closer: Alex Colome
Setup: Steve Cishek , Aaron Bummer
Middle Relief: Evan Marshall, Jace Fry, Jimmy Cordero, Reynaldo Lopez and Kelvin Herrera
This roster would put them at around 150 million (estimate based on arb guesses) after all the subtractions and additions. I think this is more than do-able for a team that should be ready to contend. On top of that, most are 3-4 yr deals that will come close to all lining up together when the white sox will need to start giving extensions to young talent. It’s time!