I personally think the idea of preparing an offseason plan for a selling team sounds pretty boring. You're basically picking a grab bag of prospects and then stocking up on role players. I find loading up to compete to be a much more interesting challenge, whether or not it's the right course of action. I honestly don't know what the right course of action is right now, but the reasons to buy, as we know, are compelling: (1) the White Sox have an excellent core, and supplementing it to move into contention should (theoretically) be doable; (2) you might not get fair value if you tried to sell off all of these assets; and (3) even if you did, no prospect is a sure thing.
I believe it's possible to build a team for 2017 without mortgaging the future. It's going to require targeted free agent signings to fill most of the rest of the team's holes. Ultimately, the goal is to extend the window another year or two by building up the team without trading away any top prospects. This ensures that the farm system will continue to grow and develop, even as the major league team tries to compete. However, should the White Sox fall out of contention once again, there's still enough flexibility to carry out a complete fire sale at the trade deadline and next offseason.
Let's get to it!
We'll start with the tenders:
- Todd Frazier, $13.5M – Tender
- Dan Jennings, $1.2M – Tender
- Jake Petricka, $900K – Tender
- Zach Putnam, $900K – Tender
And now, the rest:
- Avisail Garcia, $3.5M – Non-tender
- J.B. Shuck, $1M – Non-tender
- Daniel Webb, $600K – Non-tender
- Brett Lawrie, $5.1M – Trade
- Miguel Gonzalez – Sign to a 2-year, $12M extension with an $8.5M mutual option for 2019
- Matt Albers ($3M for 2017 or a $250K buyout): Buyout
Impending Free Agents
- Austin Jackson: Let go
- Alex Avila: Let go
- Justin Morneau: Let go