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Decision time: Avi, in or out?

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A decision is due Friday on the six-season Chisox right fielder

MLB: Chicago Cubs at Chicago White Sox
Tough Call: Tender Avisaíl García for an estimated $8 million arbitration salary, or cut the manchild from the club?
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Every one of the Chicago White Sox’s contract tendering decisions (due on Friday) are fairly simple, in that no one on the arbitration list brings little value to the field and/or high salary to the balance sheet.

All the decisions, that is, but one: Avisaíl García.

García is due an estimated $8 million in his last year of arbitration, and there are legitimate questions over whether García will be worth that salary.

Will he stay healthy? (Debatable/unlikely)

Is he worth $8 million even when healthy? (Beyond 2017, no.)

We’ve covered García quite a bit this season, including a midseason analysis of Avi’s power from Darren Jackson, and the more recent Deep Dive piece on Avi from wsm. And in the comments of the latter piece, as well in many offseason plans, many of you have already weighed in.

But, hey. Not much has been stirring in the offseason pot for the White Sox, so here’s a chance to cast a vote on whether we suit Avi up for one more season.

I’ll lead off with my thoughts. I don’t think García should be in right field for the White Sox in 2019. I believe Hahn already has a deal or two worked out with teams, perhaps outright giveaways; if Hahn can’t score an MLB-ready outfielder via deal or free agency, he can nix the swap and keep Avi around for one more year — otherwise, it’s sayonara. (García was the first really big deal for Rick Hahn, and if for only that reason, I don’t believe he will cut Avi outright, whether or not García is deserving of such treatment.)

So this is going to be a pretty straightforward poll. Have fun. Hope we have more stuff to talk about with this club shortly.

Poll

Should Avisaíl García be tendered a contract by the White Sox for 2019?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Yes
    (195 votes)
  • 58%
    No
    (273 votes)
468 votes total Vote Now

Poll

Will Avisaíl García be tendered a contract by the White Sox for 2019?

This poll is closed

  • 58%
    Yes
    (263 votes)
  • 41%
    No
    (186 votes)
449 votes total Vote Now