The White Sox got a little bonus yesterday thanks to the Orioles. With the signing of Yovani Gallardo, the Orioles bumped the Sox' supplemental pick up to the 27th pick with an extra $30,000 in amateur draft pool.
The game of chicken teams have been playing by holding off on signing the second tier of free agents has seemed to paid off for the teams still looking for more players. Gallardo was paid $14 million by the Rangers last season. The Orioles, however, have signed him for 3 years, $35 million with an option for a fourth season. The Orioles are also still in the running for Dexter Fowler who's expected to sign "in the range of $12 million to $13 million annually, for either two or three years." With that signing, the Orioles will lose their second round pick as well.
The Sox position players set to start workouts on Tuesday. While the front office says they are still working on the roster, they seem prepared to enter the 2016 season with an Avi Garcia sized hole in right field. With the slightly better pick, the Sox either have the chance to get a slightly better player in the draft or can use it as better leverage if they try to sign one of the free agents encumbered by a qualified offer out there.