Da Bears-Bulls-Sox Offseason Plan


Explain the toughest calls if necessary:

Impending free agents (re-sign, let go or qualifying offer)

Free agents:

Tyler Chatwood (2 years, $14 million): Chatwood is a guy that has always had the stuff to be good but never put it together. I blame this on two reasons: Pitching at coors and being developed/handled by the Rockies. Although Chatwood pitched at Coors, he still got an extremely high amount of ground balls. Chatwood is a good player bet on working out a few kinks and then flipping. If he wants a one year prove it deal, i'd be fine with that.

Curtis Granderson (1 year, $4 million): With the Avi trade (see below), the White Sox will have a whole in RF. Curtis Granderson is a Chicago kid and would be an amazing veteran presence. He may want to play for a contender and try to get a ring, so if that is the case, I'd go after Jose Bautista for the same reason. Lets make this season entertaining.

Lucas Duda ( 1 year, $5 million): With the Sanchez trade (see below), the White Sox will have a an opening at DH with Matt Davidson sliding to 3rd full time (ugh). Duda is gonna be signed for one reason: Dingers. A lefty with power + the G-spot = homers. Again, another move to make the sox more fun-bad.

Here are a couple of examples of free agent relievers I want the Sox to go after:

It's a pretty simple tactic, find relievers that can be signed for cheap and flip them. Let's get some more swarzaks. I looked up pitchers one condition: velocity.

Jhan Marinez (minor league deal): Mharinez is a former white sox farm hand. He happened to have the 39th ranked fastball velocity in the majors last year.

Ian Krol (1 year, $2 million): Again following the velocity trend, Krol had the 59th highest fastball velocity and is a lefty. He mixes that with a hard slider and a sinker. He is only 26.

These are just examples of guys should be trying to go after.


Trade 1: Avisail Garcia to St. Louis for Delvin Perez and RHP Ryan Helsley... Avi's value has never been higher and regression is expected, but he can put up a 3 win season in his last year till free agency. On the other hand, Perez value has never been lower since pre-draft issues dropped him about 15 or so picks he was projected. He put up a 77 wrc+ on 2 different rookie ball teams. Still the tools are there to eventually become an mlb regular down the road. Ryan Helsley is a straight relief prospect.

Trade 2: Yolmer Sanchez to the Angels for Griffin Canning and Brandon Marsh...I love Yolmer Sanchez and the energy and fun he brings to the ballpark everyday. Though, if a team like the Angels come calling and want Sanchez to main 2nd base and offer intriguing prospects (the few they have), i'd be willing to deal. Brandon Marsh is potential 5 tool player and Canning is a for sure back end starter and possible 3.

Summary: The team as it is is not ready to compete (obviously). This is year 2 of the rebuild, the same goals of year 1 should be in place. Acquire as much prospects as possible and let the kids play. Chatwood, Krol, Mharinez etc can bring back some interesting guys if they perform up to their potential. Hopefully in the second half we have reinforcements in Jimenez, Kopech, Cordell, Gillaspie, Hansen, Stephens and Guerrero etc. No signings/acquisitions should get in the way of the sox prospects unless that player is gonna become a part of the core or next good sox team. This off-season more than likely won't be exciting, but it shouldn't be. All the fun will be on the field at some point this year.

C: Narvaez/Smith

1B: Abreu

2B: Moncada

3B: Davidson

SS: Anderson

LF: Delmonico

CF: Leury Garcia

RF: Granderson or Bautista

DH: Duda

Starting Pitching:
1. Giolito
3. Shields

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