Mike Musary's off-season plan:
Arbitration-eligible (with projected salaries from MLBTR):
- Todd Frazier, $13.5M - Tender, offer 3 yr, $45 million extension - $10 million in year 1, $17.5 Million in years 2 and 3.
- Brett Lawrie, $5.1M - Tender
- Avisail Garcia, $3.5M - Non-Tender
- Miguel Gonzalez, $2.6M - Tender
- Dan Jennings, $1.2M - Tender
- J.B. Shuck, $1M - Non-Tender
- Jake Petricka, $900K - Tender
- Zach Putnam, $900K - Tender
- Daniel Webb, $600K - Non-tender
Explain the toughest calls if necessary: There really aren't any tough calls here.
Contract options (pick up or buy out)
- Matt Albers: $3M for 2017 or a $250,000 buyout - buyout
Impending free agents (re-sign, let go or qualifying offer)
- Austin Jackson: Made $5 million in 2016. - Let go.
- Alex Avila: Made $2.5 million in 2016. - Let go.
- Justin Morneau: Made $1 million in 2016, although he signed during the season. - Let go.
Elaborate if needed:
No. 1: Sign Boone Logan to a 2-year $10 million contract, $4.5 million in 2017. The White Sox badly need another left handed reliever, and one that specializes in getting lefties out at that. Logan fits the bill. Maybe Javier Vazquez will come along, too, for old time's sake.
No. 2: Sign Mark Melancon to a 3-year $45 million contract, $10 million in 2017, $17.5 Million in 2018-2019. This move would make the White Sox bullpen really, really good, and possibly elite if Zack Burdi is able to pitch at a high level (not counting on it). Having Robertson, Jones, Melancon, and possibly Putnam for high leverage relief would be a nice change of pace and for a team interested in playoff contention, man would this bullpen be nice to have in the playoffs. Melancon also was traded mid-season last year and is therefore not eligible for the qualifying offer.
No. 3: Sign Josh Reddick to a 4 year $60 Million contract (structured 12-14-16-18). Reddick, like Melancon, was traded mid-season last year and ineligible for a qualifying offer. The White Sox need another couple of good hitters in their lineup, and being left-handed is a plus. Reddick would slot in at LF/RF with Melky and Eaton with a rotation at DH with my next signing...
No. 4: Sign Steve Pearce to a 1 year $7 million contract. He's a platoon partner at DH/ backup everywhere. Most importantly, he can actually hit, which by god the White Sox desperately need.
No. 5: Arguably the biggest move of the off-season, Sign Jason Castro to a 2 year $14 million contract with $6 million in 2017. The White Sox zigged for offense at catcher while the rest of the league gravitated toward acquiring strong framing catchers. The White Sox were burned badly. It wasn't a surprise.
No. 6: Sign Tommy Milone to a minor league contract. Pitching depth may be important with James Shields on the roster and my next move...
No. 1: Trade Carson Fulmer, Carlos Sanchez, and Jacob May to the Phillies for Odubel Herrera. The White Sox get a CFer for league minimum no less! Yay. The Phillies get the White Sox top pitching prospect and a lotto ticket in the OF, plus whatever Sanchez can produce.
No. 2: Trade Jordan Guerrero to the Padres for Derek Norris. Norris forms something of a platoon with Jason Castro at catcher. The White Sox dramatically improve their framing.
Chris Sale - $12 MM
Jose Quintana - $7 MM
Carlos Rodon - $600K
Miguel Gonzalez - $2.6 MM
James Shields - $10 MM
Tommy Milone (in minors)
David Robertson - $12 MM
Mark Melancon - $10 MM
Boone Logan - $4.5 MM
Nate Jones - $1.9 MM
Dan Jennings - $1.2 MM
Jake Petricka - $900K
Zach Putnam -$900K
RF Adam Eaton - $4MM
CF Odubel Herrera - $600K
1B Jose Abreu - $12 MM
DH/LF Melky Cabrera - $15 MM
LF/RF/DH - Josh Reddick - $12 MM
3B Todd Frazier - $10 MM (ideally he accepts the extension)
SS Tim Anderson - $600K
2B Brett Lawrie - $5.1 MM
C Jason Castro - $6 MM
Steve Pearce - $7MM
Derek Norris - $3.4MM
Tyler Saladino - $600K
Charlie Tilson - $600K
And Matt Albers - $250K
In total the payroll ends up at roughly $141 Million. It's a little bit over budget, but I'm not going crazy and offering $88 million to Edwin Encarnacion or anything (even if that's exactly what the White Sox *SHOULD* do). I signed no players who will be able to get qualifying offers and the longest contract is Reddick's four year deal. If everything goes to crap, the Sox can cut bait with almost everyone and reduce the payroll next year. There will be buyers for relief pitching and of course Sale and Quintana will be in demand. The White Sox finally commit to winning with this plan while also only targeting mid-level free agents.