PolishPrince Offseason Plan
Arbitration-eligible (with projected salaries from MLBTR):
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Tyler Flowers, $3.5M tender
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Avisail Garcia, $2.3M tender Play him in Triple A
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Nate Jones, $900K tender
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Zach Putnam, $800K tender
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Dan Jennings, $800K tender
Contract options (pick up or buy out)
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Alexei Ramirez: $10M for 2016 or a $1 million buyout
Don't pick up the option. Alexi offensive/defensive skills are regressing and $10 million is too steep for a 34 year old declining player. Cheaper options out in the free agent market that will put up similar numbers to Ramirez.
Impending free agents (re-sign, let go, or qualifying offer?):
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Jeff Samardzija: $15.8M qualifying offer
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Matt Albers: Let go
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Gordon Beckham: Let go
<!--[if !supportLists]-->· <!--[endif]-->Geovany Soto: Let go
Elaborate if needed: Albers had a solid 2nd half of the season, but I'm sure he will be looking for a multi-year contract at $2.5-3.5 million a year. With his body type, mileage, and history of injuries let another team offer that type of deal. I hope Hahn has plans to upgrade the catcher position, so I would let Soto walk. Pitching staff numbers increased for the worse when throwing to Soto behind the plate.
No. 1: Jason Heyward (8 years, $185) Sox bite the bullet and go for the young stud. How often does a 26 year old go on the market. He adds a much needed left handed at bat and brings defense versatility. One of the best defensive outfielders in the game and will make our pitching staff extremely happy. Hate to go 8 years and losing our 2nd round draft pick, but the only way to sign him if you want to play with the big dogs. Sox put an Opt out clause after year 4 of the deal.
No. 2: Colby Rasmus(three years, $27M). Colby is versatile 29 year old outfielder that the White Sox can use. He can play all 3 outfield positions adequately. Also, Colby brings in a much needed left handed bat to the lineup. This gives you option to use Melky at DH role more often. The only question is Colby's makeup. This year in Houston the makeup issues were never brought up and their coaches were happy with work ethic.
No. 3: Cliff Pennington (1 year: 2 million) Cliff is perfect stopgap player to sign to give Tim Anderson more time to develop in the minors. Anderson needs more time with fielding and plate discipline and Pennington will help do that. Pennington is a little drop off from Ramirez, but saving $7 million to help improve other area of needs is a bigger priority.
No.4 James Russell (Minor league Deal) lefty coming off shoulder surgery. Needs a little more time to get healthy. Worth a flier.
No. 5 Matt Joyce (Minor League Deal) Had a horrible year in 2015. Worth an invite
No. 6 Sergio Santos (Minor League Deal) Copper might be able to work his magic again!!!
No. 1: Frankie Montas and Joey DeMichele for Kevin Plawecki Catcher New York Mets. The Sox get their catcher who is major league ready. Mets have young Travis D'Arnaurd and Plawecki is wasting away on their bench. He brings valuable offensive/defensive metric numbers to the Sox. Montas is the power arm that the Mets like and look for that can be added to their bullpen for the 2016 season. The former supplemental first round pick is highly regarded by scouts and at the age of 24 ready for a full time starting role.
No. 2: Tyler Danish and Peter Tago for Arismendy Alcantara/2B-OF and Christian Villanueva/3B. Chicago Cubs are flushed with infielders in their minor league system. Alcantara and Villanueva have fallen out of favor and have been past by other prospects. White Sox gamble on Alcantara whose best position is 2B. Alcantara has regressed a little with his hitting ability and is striking out a little too much. He's super athletic and can play multiple positions. If Sox can get him on the right track with his hitting tool. Sox can have a valuable young asset for the next 6 years. Villanueva was a former Top 100 prospect two years ago. He plays average/slightly above average defense at 3B. He has the potential to hit 15-20 hrs and .250 + average that will walk some. Cubs have nowhere to play him due to the Byrant Factor. Sox give up Tyler Danish whose role in the future is the bullpen. Danish is still young and has potential. This was one draft pick I disagreed with when drafted. Tago is a power arm that the Cubs look for and add 2 bullpen arms that have potential to make their team in 2016/2017.
No. 3 Courtney Hawkins, Micah Johnson, and Kyle Hansen for Branden Shipley/Starting Pitcher Arizona Diamondbacks. Shipley is a super athletic starting pitcher that would fit in nicely in between our lefty rotation. Shipley throws his fastball at 91-94 mph with a lot of movement. He has a plus changeup with great arm speed and tumble at the end. He also throws a plus curveball that he throws for strikes. Diamondbacks have a lot young pitching and Sox capitalize by making this move. Micah has fallen out of favor with the White Sox. Sox come to the realization that he will never be able to play an adequate defensive job at 2B. Sox also give Hawkins and his potential. White Sox track record of not being able to develop their own shows in this deal.
No.4 Jose Quintana for Rafael Devers/3B/OF, Javier Guerra/SS, Brian Johnson/SP, and Matt Light/RP Boston Red Sox. White Sox finally pull the plug and trade one of their big lefties. Boston needs to make a move and gets a Top of line pitcher in Quintana. Sox hate to give up Quintana, but Red Sox are flushed with Top Prospects. Devers is a 19 year old stud that brings an outstanding hitting/power tool. He has explosive bat speed and has the potential to stick at 3B, but if need to can be moved to a corner outfield. Guerra is the #1 defensive shortstop in the minors. He's a plus/plus defensive shortstop and his offensive game is starting mature as well. Both players played at A Ball this year and will start in Double A next year. They need one more year to fully develop and then should be able to rock and roll for the 2017 season. We all know the White Sox are on the 3 year plan-HAHA. Johnson brings us an upside arm at the back of the rotation. Pat Light has closer potential . He throws plus fastball 97-99 and plus slider with tilt. Easily can fit in the back end of the bullpen this coming season, but needs a little more time in the minors. Hate to give up Quintana and his contract, but we need young hitters
I'm slightly below the $135M limit. Right around $130 million mark. Added Heyward, Rasmus, Shipley, Plawecki, Alcantara, Villanueva, Brian Johnson, and Light. We still have most of our high end talent in our minor league system: Anderson, Fulmer, Adams, Michaleczwski. Plus we added probably the two most important pieces of all the deals in Rafael Devers and Javier Guerra. The way I've structured this roster, I think it would appeal to especially what Hahn wants to put in place for the present and future.
The offense and defense is much better. The bullpen is essentially the same except for adding a future closer in Pat Light which he would appear after the All Star break. The starting pitching got weaker losing Quintana in 2016, but Shipley brings #2 starter potential very soon. Brian Johnson brings another back end lefty to the rotation that throws strikes and will enjoy the new improved defense. This team might not make us a playoff team next year. 2017 is the 3rd year of the plan and that’s when Devers, Guerra, Anderson, and Fulmer will make their mark on the big league roster.
Eaton - CF
Abreu – 1B
Rasmus - LF
Sanchez/Alcantara – 2B
Pennington - SS