Seven11's Offseason Plan

The rebuild must continue but that doesn't mean the White Sox should punt another season when Jerry has some money to spend. The Sox need outfield help, at least one starter to fill out our rotation and an overhaul of the bullpen. They can't rebuild everything they stripped down in one year, so let's get started this year while looking forward to the development of some of the young talent in their farm system.

Arbitration-eligible (with projected salaries from MLBTR):

Putnam and Petricka had stretches of good relief but were inconsistent and often injured. It's time to move on from them.

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

Whew, that was easy.

Free agents:

No. 1: Lorenzo Cain: 4 years $75 million

I like Lorenzo. I want him on my team while we wait for Robert to develop. If everything goes as we hope, Robert may be able to take over cf duties in 2020 and Lorenzo can move to a corner when Avi leaves.

No. 2: Jaime Garcia: 2 years $16 million

Jamie is next year's Derrick Holland at worst and at best would be an inning eating lefty ground baller. If he'll sign for 1 year, I'd rather do that but if it takes two he's a good candidate to flip if successful or go the the pen.

No. 3: Jake McGee: 3 years $15 million

McGee is a hard throwing lefty who could close games or be a quality set up reliever to work the back end of the bullpen with a healthy Nate Jones.

No. 4: Anthony Swarzak: 2 years $8 million

Welcome back Anthony, give us a couple more years like you gave us last year.


I love Yolmer Sanchez and I want to keep him on the team as a utility infielder not as a starting 3rd baseman. Davidson strikes out way too much and fields his position too poorly to keep him around for the dingers and hair.

Trade Dane Dunning to the Astros for Colin Moran.

Moran is a sweet swinging left handed batting 3rd baseman ready for MLB but blocked in Houston by Bregman. He doesn't have the raw power of Davidson but he makes much better contact and is a sure handed fielder with limited range.


Maybe this team wouldn't compete for a wild card next year but then again if all goes well and the pitching staff stays healthy, who knows?

If Hahn doesn't want to pony up for Cain, I could certainly understand that but Engel is not an option in my opinion and Tilson is an unknown because he can't make the field. I could see Cain becoming a team leader along with Jose and someone to help the young outfielders as they come up in the next few years.

It's also a lot of money for two bullpen arms but your offense is only as good as your bullpen and we need to score more runs!

Projected Roster:

Rotation: Giolito, Lopez, Shields, Garcia, Fulmer (When Rodon comes back someone goes to the pen, probably Fulmer)

Bullpen: McGee, Swarzak, Jones, Minaya, Bummer, Infante, (Stephens or Danish)

Lineup: c- Smith, 1b- Abreu, 2b- Moncada, 3b-Moran, ss- Anderson, lf-NickyD, cf- Cain, rf- Avi, DH- Gillaspie

Bench: Sanchez, Leury Garcia, Narvaez, (Tilson or Cordell)

Estimated Payroll: $85 million

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