Let the Hot Stove Season begin!
Todd Frazier, $13.5M--Tender
Brett Lawrie, $5.1M—Non-Tender
Avisail Garcia, $3.5M—Non-Tender
Miguel Gonzalez, $2.6M--Tender
Dan Jennings, $1.2M--Tender
J.B. Shuck, $1M--Tender
Jake Petricka, $900K--Tender
Zach Putnam, $900K--Tender
Daniel Webb, $600K—Non-Tender
Basically Avisail Garcia’s time on the South Side is up. Although he is still young in age I don’t see him ever developing the pop his frame suggests. Also I chose to non-tender Brett Lawrie for reasons that will be seen later. I think Miguel Gonzalez brings solid rotation depth so I decided to bring him back to fill out the rotation. Finally I decided to tender Frazier and depending on how his season goes, assuming his average is better overall and with RISP, I would try to sign him to an extension during the season around the 4 yr/65mil neighborhood.
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. –HE GONE
Alex Avila: Made $2.5 million in 2016. –HE GONE
Justin Morneau: Made $1 million in 2016, although he signed during the season. –HE GONE
I decided to go younger in my off-season project so no use for any of these aging vets.
Jason Castro (3 years $28mil)—I would get back on the pitch framing and defense side once again. This time with Jason Castro as opposed to Tyler Flowers. The Sox will be going with a young staff and will need every strike they can get. Castro will also serve as a good bridge to prospect Zack Collins in the future.
Brett Cecil (3 years $15mil)—The Sox finally get a competent left handed reliever that can actually get lefties out. Brett Cecil is the way to go.
Now for the exciting part. The rebuild Sox fans have all been waiting for.
White Sox trade Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox for Yoan Moncada, Jackie Bradley Jr., Michael Kopech, and Eduardo Rodriguez.
This will finally be the end of an era on the South Side. The Sox trade the 5 time All-Star in Sale for a haul of young talent highlighted by top overall prospect Yoan Moncada. Moncada will be a staple up the middle for the White Sox alongside Tim Anderson. Also the Whote Sox sure up the defense up the middle in Gold Glove centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. Bradley will man center next to Adam Eaton, one of baseball’s best right fielders. Michael Kopech is ranked number 67 overall mlb pipelines top 100 prospect list. Although he will not be up with the team right away, he will be a force to be reckoned with along with Alec Hansen and Spencer Adams down on the farm. Eduardo Rodriguez will be the finally piece in this historic trade. Rodriguez will help fill the rotation along with LHP Carlos Rodon and RHP Carson Fulmer.
White Sox trade Jose Quintana to the Los Angeles Dodgers for Cody Bellinger, Jose De Leon, and Austin Barnes.
Part two of the huge White Sox offseason will be the departure of Jose Quintana. Although a tough move, some things just need to be done. Sox send Jose Quintana packing to LA for three MLB ready prospects. Cody Bellinger will be a star bat in this trade. Bellinger is very athletic and can play first base as well as all three outfield spots. Personally I would like to see Bellinger at left field to spare Melky, but that’s just me. Second big name in the trade comes in Jose De Leon. The 24 year old right hander is coming off a great minor league season and is ready to be a top of the rotation arm on the South Side. Last but not least Austin Barnes is brought in to form a catching duo with Jason Castro. Barnes is also someone who is familiar with De Leon so I thought this might pair up well.
CF Bradley Jr.
C Barnes, OF Tilson, INF Saladino, INF Davidson
RHP De Leon
Robertson, Burdi, Jones, Petricka, Putnam, Cecil, Jennings
The White Sox begin the rebuild this offseason and are better off because of it. They are able to acquire a haul of top young prospects including Yoan Moncada, Cody Bellinger and Glove Glove centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. They are also able to bring in top pitching talent in Jose De Leon, Michael Kopech, and Eduardo Rodriguez. These two trades automatically put the White Sox as the number 1 farm system in all of baseball highlighted by newcomers Moncada, Bellinger De Loen, Kopech, and current members in Fulmer, Collins, Hansen, Adams, and Burdi. Another great aspect of these two trades is that the Sox get to keep their unprotected first round pick sitting at number 12 overall. The trade of Sale and Quintana may sting for a brief moment but Sox fans sure will be pleased with the outcome.