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Lucian Charm's Off Season Plan


Lucian Charms's Offseason Plan

The following plan should land the White Sox at about a $138M payroll, with only losing a comp pick for signing Heyward. I went into this thinking that only Sale, Rodon, Anderson, Fulmer and Adams were untouchable. I just don't see getting a proper return for Q, mostly because I have no clue what that would be. While Q is obviously a very good pitcher with a team friendly contract, I believe that means more to the Sox than say Boston or the Cubs.

Arbitration-eligible:

Write "tender" or "non-tender" after each of the following names (note: you can trade before or after tendering a contract):

Explain the toughest calls if necessary:

Toughest call was not swearing at old ladies and babies while agreeing to pay Avisail Garcia Real American Dollars to play baseball. He isn't good at that.

Contract options (pick up or buy out)

  • Alexei Ramirez: I can't pay Alexei $10M and I can't let him go, because I am sure as hell not giving up a draft pick to pay Ian Desmond. I opt to extend a two year deal, that with the 1 million buyout is a total of 12 million for two.
  • 2 yr/ 12 million deal.

Impending free agents (re-sign, let go, or qualifying offer?):

  • Jeff Samardzija: $15.8M qualifying offer -QUALIFYING OFFER- What's the phrase, I hate to see you go but I love to see you walk away? Well, I hate that it didn't work out for Shark and the Sox. I don't want to shock too many but as an Irish Catholic kid from the South Side of Chicago I'm a fairly devoted Notre Dam fan, so I've been a fan Jeff Samardzija for many years. Yet, he needs to get the hell out of here.
  • Matt Albers: Made $1.5M in 2015- 2yr/ 4m should be enough for fat relief pitcher.
  • Gordon Beckham: Made $2M in 2015- 100 year contract for whatever price and then TRADED TO THE MOON. *Apparently we don't have the technology to, um, trade baseball players to the moon...yet. So, instead, no deal. BYE BACON, I loved you so hard for such a short period of time.*
  • Geovany Soto: Made $1.5M in 2015- Sorry Geo, I need whatever you would make next year for other people who are better.

Free agents

Jason Heyward, RF/CF, 8 yrs/$200M with Opt Out Clause after 4yrs. Salaries of 1st 4 seasons: $20M, $30M, $26M, $24M

There is no denying the White Sox need a playoff birth, and the fans deserve one. I have little faith that Jerry will approve this move, but he should for financial reasons. The White Sox are saving untold millions by having an extremely cheap pitching core with great health. The one area the pitching staff isn't maximized is the continual porous defense. In my Sox world, a trio of Heyward, Eaton and Trayce Thompson are your OF. In a small ballpark those three could have a Royals OF-esque affect on the pitching staff. Only the Royals' starters are mostly average, while the White Sox aren't. Maximize the bargain you already have Mr. Reinsdorf (Jim emails all of these entries right to the Reinsdorfs, no?) Throw in increased attendance from an actually good team and possible playoff money, it is like Jason Heyward is PAYING YOU!

Trades

Avisail Garcia and Chris Beck (if health checks out) to the Miami Marlins for Martin Prado.

The Marlins don't want to pay anybody buy that monster in RF and that's ok by me, because it means a more than competent 2B/3B will be available. Garcia can replace Marcell Ozuna when he is traded. Why am I not trading for Ozuna? Because that would take real prospects. The Sox only have 3 of them and YOU CAN'T HAVE THEM MARLINS.

Courtney Hawkins or Jacob May and Thad Lowry to Minnesota for Trevor Plouffe.

Other than Heyward, who is a real difference, I wanted to upgrade second base and third base without breaking the bank or devastating the farm system. Plouffe isn't great and neither is Prado, but they're good. They'll be above water offensively and neutral defensively. I can live with that. The Twins save $5M to spend on another pitcher that strikes out no one.

25 Man Roster

Starters

  • Chris Sale
  • Jose Quintana
  • Carlos Rodon
  • Erik Johnson
  • John Danks

Lineup

  • CF Adam Eaton
  • RF Jason Heyward
  • 1B Jose Abreu
  • DH/LF Melky Cabrera
  • 2B Martin Prado
  • 3B Trevor Plouffe
  • SS Alexei Ramirez
  • C Tyler Flowers
  • LF/DH Trayce Thompson

Bullpen

  • Robertson
  • Montas
  • Putnam
  • Petricka
  • Albers
  • Nate Jones
  • Rando Lefty that is an actual LOOGY from the MInors instead of Jennings.

Bench

  • Carlos Sanchez- He can play outfield if needed, right?
  • Adam LaRoche- /insert Side Show Bob noise after stepping on rake nose here.
  • Kevan Smith or Rob Brantly or whoeve shows first to Spring Training wearing a Catcher's mask.
  • Tyler Saladino- whatever

Summary

While the results of the 2015 season were terrible, what was most troubling were the comments from Kenny Williams about '15 being Year One of the 3 year window. That terrifies me. The White Sox aren't a team that ebbs and flows regarding expectations. They have one expectation, World Series, with varying degrees of difficulty keeping a straight face while saying it. Even 2013, the worst year ever, wasn't supposed to be bad. But after years of "going for it" the team broke, "fired" the GM and took 1, exactly 1, off season and to act with long term intentions. That off season netted Abreu and Eaton, while the disastrous season added Rodon and Adams. Other than that, every year has been a go for it off season, especially last off season where the club spent $48M on a closer.

The point is, I really hope this 3 year window stuff was Kenny Williams being bored and just talking. Remember, most of the Sox prospects that have been gained during this recent downturn in wins won't be major league ready till 2017-2018. What is the point of having a WIN NOW window that ends just when your cheap home grown talent is emerging? Of course that would only be true if Kenney Williams thinks those prospects will still be playing for the Sox then.

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