Arbitration-eligible (with projected salaries from MLBTR):
Contract options (pick up or buy out)
Impending free agents (re-sign, let go, or qualifying offer?):
Yoenis Cespedes would be pricey. I rather have Heyward, but he is going to have 30 teams chasing after him roughly, and he should be the first pin to fall when the hot stove cranks up. Go get the Cuban after you lose a bidding war for Jason Heyward.
If they get outbid on Cespedes, then I want them to sign Alex Gordon. Taking a valuable piece away from KC would be extra sweet every time he does something against them. He has a player option so he should be available because he can make more than $12M this year.
Speaking of going out to get Cubans, I want the White Sox to sign one more guy-
Lourdes Gourriel - A short stop that left Cuba last year to go play in Japan but my one off google-fu cant find any record of him for this season. No stats, nothing(in English anyway). He had 4 years in Cuba before allegedly playing for a Japanese team. If it was a one year deal he wouldn't have to be posted. He's on my radar, or at least was before he went all stealth mode. Find him and sign him, Rick. Bring his big brother too because we have a DH to replace.
- Adam LaRoche to the Springfield Isotopes for a box of baseballs.
- Erik Johnson and Micah Johnson to the New York Yankees for Greg Bird.
- Frankie Montas to the Chicago Cubs for Javier Baez.
LaRoche and his rock of a contract probably aren't getting moved anytime soon. He gets a short leash and if he is the same guy as last season they need to release him.
Johnson and Johnson are probably the Sox biggest trade chips that Im willing to part with. I'd actually be ok with Micah getting another shot because I do think he can hit and get on base. The Yankees need a 2B, so after we outbid them for Howie (lol) then they can trade them the 2b that they need. Bird is sort of blocked with Teixiera still under contract. Crazier things have happened.
Frankie Montas and his hundred mile an hour heat is something that every team in the league could use. The Cubs are one of the only teams with depth in the infield and I think Baez grows into a third baseman. He's a nice fit for the Sox. The Cubs need pitching and don't have a place to play him so the Sox might even get away with asking for another prospect if the Cubs think Montas has starter stuff. One of their middling guys like Dan Vogelbach or Eloy Jimenez who don't crack the Cubs top 10 but certainly would in the southside system.
Starting line up and 25 man roster
Melky DH (probably LaRoche)
Bird 7 (probably Melky)
Kendrick 4 (probably Sanchez/Micah)
Adam LaRoche/Avisail Garcia
Buehrle/Latos/Anderson/Gallardo/Chen and if you miss on them all, Fullmer (probably Erik Johnson)
I haven't read any of the previous 9574 submissions yet so I'm looking forward to perusing them and telling you how smart you are if our plans line up in any way.
Also, I know I'm over budget and cut a corner or two by not trying to guess what the FAs are going to cost. MEA CULPA. However, if that was the opening day starting line up, ticket sales would be through the roof and the play off revenue and Bastardo jersey sales would more than cover the cost.