Ballin on a Budget Offseason Plan


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Jimmy Cordero (rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, return uncertain) $1.2 million Non-Tender
Adam Engel $2.2 million Tender
Jace Fry $1 million Non-Tender
Lucas Giolito $7.9 million Tender
Brian Goodwin $1.7 million Non-Tender
Reynaldo López $2.8 million Tender
Evan Marshall (just underwent TJS, extremely unlikely to pitch in 2022) $2.3 million Non-Tender

Impending Free Agents ($6 Million)

Leury García (2021 contract: $3.5 million) Cut Loose
Billy Hamilton (2021 contract: $1 million) Cut Loose
Ryan Tepera (2021 contract: $950,000) Re-Sign – 2 Years $12 Million
Carlos Rodón (2021 contract: $3 million; Spotrac market value is $24.1 million) Cut Loose (Personally quite glad they did not offer QO – Even though Boras said he would have declined and Sox would have gotten a comp pick, they could not risk tying up $19 million on Rodon who can not stay healthy when it matters most)


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Team Contract Options

Craig Kimbrel $16 million (or a $1 million buyout) Pick-Up
César Hernández $6 million (no buyout) Cut Loose (This one was tough, but ultimately $6 million is too much)

Free agents

Eduardo Escobar 2B/IF (two years, $20 million). Versatile veteran player who can be your everyday second baseman, Sox were connected with him at the trade deadline.

Collin McHugh RHP (one year, $7 million). Solid bullpen arm, low risk, high reward.

Jonathan Villar IF (one year, $7 million). Veteran player who essentially replaces Leury.


Trade #1: Three Team Trade: White Sox Send Kimbrel to the Phillies, Pirates Receive Prospects, White Sox Receive Cost Controllable Switch-Hitting Outfielder in Bryan Reynolds

· Sox Send Phillies RHP Craig Kimbrel ($16 Million)

· Sox Send Pirates RHP Jared Kelly (Sox #5 Prospect) + C/1B Zack Collins (Former Top Prospect)

· Philies Send Pirates OF Johan Rojas (Phillies #6 Prospect) + LHP Christopher Sanchez (Phillies #20 Prospect)

· Pirates Send Sox OF Bryan Reynolds ($4.5 Million)

Trade #2: Sox Trade OF Adam Engel + RHP Matt Foster + OF Blake Rutherford to Athletics for LHP Sean Manaea


SP1: Lance Lynn (R)

SP2: Lucas Giolito (R)

SP3: Sean Manaea (L)

SP4: Dylan Cease (R)

SP5: Dallas Keuchel (L)

CP: Liam Hendriks (R)

SU1: Michael Kopech (R)

SU2: Aaron Bummer (L)

RP1: Ryan Tepera (R)

RP2: Collin McHugh (R)

RP3: Garrett Crochet (L)

RP4: Reynaldo Lopez (R)

RP5: Jose Ruiz (R)

C: Yazmani Grandal (S)

1B: Jose Abreu (R)

2B: Eduardo Escobar (S)

SS: Tim Anderson (R)

3B: Yoan Moncada (S)

LF: Eloy Jimenez (R)

CF: Luis Robert (R)

RF: Bryan Reynolds (S)

DH: Gavin Sheets (L)

Bench 1: Andrew Vaughn (R) 1B, LF, RF

Bench 2: Jonathan Villar (S) IF

Bench 3: Romy Gonzalez (R) IF/OF

Bench 4: Seby Zavala (R) C

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