Arbitration-eligible (with projected salaries from MLBTR):
Write "tender" or "non-tender" after each of the following names:
- Ronald Belisario, $3.9M (Non-tender)
- Tyler Flowers, $2.1M (Tender)
- Dayan Viciedo, $4.4M (Tender)
- Hector Noesi, $1.9M (Tender)
- Nate Jones, $600,000. (Tender)
- Javy Guerra $1.3M (if he is a Super Two) (Tender)
-Not many difficult decisions here. Flowers proved enough to me towards the end of last year that he deserves a chance. Viciedo may or may not be traded (guess which way I’m leaning?). Hector Noesi could move to the bullpen in my mind as a long reliever if he doesn’t start, and Jones is cheap enough to warrant a shot. Guerra isn’t going anywhere, this bullpen needs all the help it can get.
Contract options (pick up or buy out):
- Felipe Paulino: $4M for 2015 or $250,000 buyout
Buyout. Simple as that. Didn’t show anything
Free agents (re-sign or let go?):
- Matt Lindstrom: $4M salary in 2014
Let go. 4 million for a 34 year old injury risk is too much
Pablo Sandoval- 5 years/ 90 million dollars
-Fills the hole at number 4 hitter, 3rd base, and DH all at once. Pablo can play 3rd and occasionally DH. Gillaspie moves to DH, and Pablo bats 4th to protect Abreu. Expect Pablo’s homer totals to go up in U.S. Cellular Field.
Brandon McCarthy- 3 years/ 36 million dollars
-The Sox welcome back McCarthy, who provides a solid right handed option in a left handed loaded rotation.
Andrew Miller- 3 years/ 30 million dollars
-You gotta overpay in free agency sometimes, and ten million a year for a shutdown lefty is about right.
Neal Cotts- 2 years/ 6 million
-Another solid lefty and former 2005 favorite to bolster the bullpen a bit more.
A.J. Pierzynski- 1 year/ 2 million dollars
-Because I worship chaos.
-White Sox swap one disappointing outfielder for another. Saunders will compete with J.B. Shuck in left field. This deal also saves the Sox approximately 1.5 million dollars.
1. Chris Sale
3. Brandon McCarthy
4. John Danks
5. Carlos Rodon
1. Andrew Miller
2. Neal Cotts
3. Zach Putnam
4. Javy Guerra
5. Hector Noesi
7. Nate Jones (when healthy)
1. Adam Eaton CF
2. Micah Johnson 2B
3. Jose Abreu 1B
4. Pablo Sandoval 3B/DH
5. Avisail Garcia RF
6. Conor Gillaspie DH/3B
7. Alexei Ramirez SS
8. Michael Saunders LF
9. Tyler Flowers C
If I did my math correctly, this payroll comes in around 100 million, which leaves room to sign someone else obvious I probably forgot. Thanks for viewing!