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Dear Mr. Getz: Here is a plan to make the team competitive now


Jerry, Kenny and Rick left us a fine mess of a team. It would be hard to believe that the White Sox could have won less games if they were trying to lose. So, of course, Jerry blames his two cohorts and hires the guy who hasn't done much with the minor league system. The moves so far by Getz remind us that bad major league players aren't necessarily qualified to be general managers. One of the best, Theo Epstein never played in the majors or minors. Yet, here we are with cheap moves like Nicky Lopez, Paul DeJong and Mike Soroka. As we enter the winter meetings, here is a realistic game plan for Getz and Jerry to get us back to the ballpark and keep our expensive food in our stomach during the game.

The Rule 5 draft is this week. The sox should select Kameron Misner, an outfielder in the Tampa system. He's a left handed hitter who can play right, center or left. He had a low batting average but a .363 on base percentage to go along with 21 homers at AAA in 421 at bats. In his career, he has a .373 OBP. He's a former first round pick and Tampa's 21st ranked prospect. He has plus speed and stole 21 bases last year. Of course, he only costs 100K. Oh, and best of all, he's not Oscar Colas or any player developed by the White Sox.

Other cheap pickups are found on the pile of players that were non tendered. We should sign Kyle Lewis, another former number 1 pick who played well as a rookie before getting hurt and falling off the map. He's a centerfielder but can play all three outfield positions as our fourth outfielder. Nick Senzel was let go by the Reds. Against lefties last year, he hit .348 with an OBP of .389 with nine homers in 119 at bats. Nicky Lopez can't play every day at second. Senzel was the second player taken in the 2019 draft and can play third and the outfield also.

Trades

Most of the 2023 White Sox team is untradeable or at the low point of their value. A lot of fans seem ready to dump Cease, Eloy and even Robert for "lottery tickets". It doesn't make sense to trade players at their lowest value and have another 100 loss season. Instead, let's admit that Getz improved the defense by not picking up Anderson's option and trading for Lopez and Shewmake while signing DeJong. Now, like a football team, we have to be cognizant that we can't rebuild the offense, defense and pitching in one offseason. So the trades are minor but based on improving the defense. Let's be honest, we can't put up with a full season of Perez and Lee as our catching duo. So, we look elsewhere because we don't have a choice.

No. 1: Trade Foster to SF for Joey Bart, who is out of minor league options and 3rd on the depth chart. Everyone needs pitching so SF takes what it can get and likes it.

No. 2. Trade Lambert to Texas for minor leaguer catcher Sam Huff. Huff is out of options, and both are blocked from the major league roster by good players.

Free Agents

The payroll is low and Jerry can pony up to build up the pitching staff.

1. (1)Sign Free Agent Pitcher and Former Cy Young, Trevor Bauer. (Note: To those that don't like Bauer's sexual choices, get over it because he was never charged). I think Bauer signs a two year deal for a total of $24 million.

2. (2) Sign 26 year old Cuban Reliever Yariel Rodriguez for 4 years and 32 million.

(3)Sign 27 year old Japanese Closer Yuki Matsui 4 years at 40 mil.

(4)Sign 25 year old Yoshinobu Yamamoto. This may take 8 years and 200 million.

The strength of this team becomes pitching and defense. The rotation: Yamamoto, Bauer, Cease, Montgomery, Kopech. Touki or Soroka is the spot starter because Japanese pitchers tend to pitch once a week and the same goes for Kopech.

The bullpen is strong at the back end with Santos, Rodriguez and Matsui. If Shaw can replicate his last month of last year, he's a valuable piece to give everyone a rest. The other two pitchers are Banks, Shuster or Scholtens. All three may make it if Soroka needs to go to AAA.

Against Righty pitchers we line up as follows:

1. Benintendi LF
2. Misner RF
3. Robert CF
4. Eloy DH
5. Moncada 3B
6. Vaughn 1B
7. Lopez 2B
8. Huff C
9. DeJong SS

Against lefty pitchers we line up as follows:

1. Benintendi LF
2. Senzel 2B
3. Robert CF
4. Eloy DH
5. Moncada 3B
6. Vaughn 1B
7. Lewis RF
8. Bart C
9. DeJong SS

The lineup is weak but it was weak last year and even God couldn't rebuild this team in seven days. If Eloy and Moncada hit like they're supposed to and Vaughn finally steps up, we'll compete because of the pitching and defense.

Montgomery stays at AAA along with Sosa, Rodriguez, Lee, and Colas. Crochet is a starter at AAA along with the other young arms Rick Hahn secured last year. Jerry should be happy because the payroll comes in around 122 million counting the buy outs. Getz has the plan and it is time to execute it.

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