soxfanpa's Offseason Plan
Arbitration-eligible (with projected salaries from MLBTR):
Tyler Flowers, $3.5M Tender
Avisail Garcia, $2.3M Tender
Nate Jones, $900K Tender
Zach Putnam, $800K Tender
Dan Jennings, $800K Tender
No really tough calls, Avi will be taken care of soon enough.
Contract options (pick up or buy out)
Alexei Ramirez: $10M for 2016 or a $1 million buyout
Pick up the option, and hope Anderson is ready for 2017
Impending free agents (re-sign, let go, or qualifying offer?):
Jeff Samardzija: $15.8M qualifying offer - Make QO, take comp. pick.
Matt Albers: Made $1.5M in 2015 Offer two years at 4 million
Gordon Beckham: Made $2M in 2015 Bye Gordon, you’re like the crazy girlfriend we should have dumped in 2011
Geovany Soto: Made $1.5M in 2015 Offer two year, 5 million deal
Peruse the list of potential free agents and name two (or more) you would pursue, the max offer you would extend to them, and a brief explainer. A good-bad example:
No. 1: Juan Uribe (two years, $16 million, with 3rd year club option at 9 mil, 2, mil buyout) The Sox are reunited with their former third baseman, who will be fairly cheap, and doesn’t cost the organization any depth.
No. 2: Mark Buehrle (one year, 7 million, with 2nd year mutual option for 8 million, 1 million buyout) With the loss of Shark, the Sox need to bring back another old piece (who may just have two years left) to fill in the rotation spot, and make it an all lefty ordeal.
No. 3: Matt Thornton (one year, 2.5 million, with 2nd year 3 million dollar club option, 500,000 buyout) To stick with the theme, let’s bring back another guy, but also add a left hander to the bullpen
No. 1: Adam LaRoche and Avi Garcia for Brett Gardner and cash (10 mil). The Sox can get rid of LaRoche, and replace Avi with a much better player. While not stellar, Gardner is still leaps and bounds above Avi. By getting rid of Gardner, the Yankees can go after a big name free agent, and lose a not great contract of their own.
No. 2: Micah Johnson, Frank Motas, Spencer Adams for Joc Pederson. With this deal, the Dodgers are able to clear up some of the logjam in their outfield, and also get a couple of high value pitchers. With the departing Kendrick, the Dodgers get at least an option, or trade chip in Johnson. While the Sox win this deal to me, I think the Dodgers may agree, as they have nowhere to play Pederson, and could always use more minor league depth.