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Da Bears-Bulls-Sox Offseason Plan

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Da bears-bulls-sox's Offseason Plan

Arbitration-eligible (with projected salaries from MLBTR):

  • Todd Frazier, $13.5M Tender
  • Brett Lawrie, $5.1M Tender
  • Avisail Garcia, $3.5M Good riddance
  • Miguel Gonzalez, $2.6M Tender
  • Dan Jennings, $1.2M Tender
  • J.B. Shuck, $1M Good riddance
  • Jake Petricka, $900K Tender
  • Zach Putnam, $900K Tender
  • Daniel Webb, $600K Tender

A lot of people non-tendered Webb, but at 600k might as well keep him around (assuming he can still be optioned?)

Contract options)

  • Matt Albers: $3M for 2017 or a $250,000 Buy out
  • Austin Jackson: Made $5 million in 2016. Bye
  • Alex Avila: Made $2.5 million in 2016. Peace out
  • Justin Morneau: Made $1 million in 2016, although he signed during the season. Adios

I thought about bringing Avila back but decided not to based on Narvaez's nice showing this year and my other acquisitions.

Free agents

No. 1: Dexter Fowler ( 4 years, $64 million)- The white Sox finally get their man! We add an OBP orientated player that this team desperately needs and it keeps Eaton in RF.

No.2: Jason Castro (2 years, $17 million): Hard to gauge how much an averagish catcher will receive in this market, but that seems like a decent guess. Jason Castro is essentially Tyler Flowers, but he's not Tyler Flowers so he's acceptable. A Good defender and framer, His hitting is less than average.

No. 3: Rich Hill (2 years, $34 million): He replaces Quintana in the rotation (you'll see the trade soon) and as long as he keeps throwing an absurd number of curveballs, he will still keep pitching like an ace.

No. 4: Andrew Cashner (1 year, $9 million): He will replace James Shields in the rotation. He is a prime bounce back candidate, and as the ole saying goes "coop will fix him". He will be worth this contract as long as he throws around 200 innings of 4+ era ball.

Sign a couple cheap, high upside relief pitchers...( Jordan Walden, Dan Hudson..etc)

Trades

No. 1: Trade Jose Quintana, Melky Cabrera and James Shields (Sox pay half of remaining $21 million) to the Marlins for LF Christian Yelich, IF/OF Derek Dietrich, C Tomas Telis and RHP Kendry Flores. Originally, this idea was not part of my plan at all. Once, I found out the Marlins were looking at some some starting pitching, I salivated over the idea of Christian Yelich in a White sox Jersey. He is one of the best pure hitters in baseball, and only getting better. Jose Quintana for Yelich straight up is about a fair trade. The Marlins still need pitching and a replacement for Yelich so I threw in Melky and a very cheap James Shields (who will be pitching in an extremely pitcher friendly ballpark). The Whitesox receive a very interesting player in Derek Dietrich who can slide into 2nd base or an OF position. He is a somewhat underrated player but has legit lefty pop and I believe can crank out 20+ homers annually playing at the G-Spot. We also receive Tomas Telis who is similar to Narvaez in the sense that he is guaranteed to be a good back-up, but if he develops a little more, he can be a regular. Marlins also throw in Kendry Flores who is just added depth to the rotation. He is your typical 5th starter.

Summary

Opening Day Roster 2017

Cf Dexter Fowler

1B Jose Abreu

LF Christian Yelich

3B Todd Frazier

RF Adam Eaton

SS Tim Anderson

2B Derek Dietrich

DH Brett Lawrie

C Jason Castro

Rotation:

1. Chris Sale

2. Rich Hill

3. Carlos Rodon

4. Miguel Gonzalez

5. Andrew Cashner

Bench: Rymer Liriano, Omar Narvaez/Tomas Telis, Tyler Saladino, Matt Davidson

Uncle Jerry would really have to open his pockets for this to work, but maybe he will after he sees the Cubs success. The first thing I notice is that it is a pretty flexible lineup in terms of moving guys around in the order and positions. For example, Lawrie and Dietrich can flip flop between DH and 2nd. Possibly, the White sox could non-tender Lawrie and use that $5 towards a more traditional DH like Chris Carter. Not to mention, a guy like Zack Collins could hit his way to DH in the 2nd half of the year. This Lineup is better in every way possible, for one it's a wayyyy faster and a better defending group. It also has a lot more pop. The rotation won't be the same without Quintana, but Hill has been one of the better pitchers in baseball over the last 365 days. Cashner won't have a hard time being better than Shields. My concluding thoughts are, the Sox get younger and add pieces that can help win now and in the future. If the Sox suck, and wanna sell Sale and others, they still have a legit core with Yelich, Anderson, and Rodon to start around (not mentioning Collins, Fulmer Hansen). I think this team can contend not only for the Wild card, but for the division.

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