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Offseason Plan: Chicago White Sox

The Chicago White Sox are in a dog fight for the AL central right now with the Twins. (Don’t forget, I will do my predictions on September first) But today I will look ahead to what they should do in the offseason. This team should be one of the most quietest teams, with only one need, second base. Their designated hitter Jim Thome’s option is likely to get picked up, because the White Sox have a lot of money coming off the books when Orlando Cabrera and Joe Crede leave. (I think both will) All they have to do is sign a second baseman on a 1 or 2 year deal. So, sign one of Mark Grudzielanek, Ray Durham, and David Eckstein. They can  then shift Alexie Ramirez to shortstop. This is all they have to do, but with Kenny Williams you never know what they will do. It seems like Williams wants to move Jose Contreras. If they do, they would have to get a starter. Maybe sign a guy like Paul Byrd or trade for a guy like Jason Marquis if the Cubs eat salary. These are guys on one year deals that can be a stopgap to top pitching prospect Aaron Poreda. They have former top prospect Josh Fields ready to take over for Crede. However, Fields has struggled this year and could be traded. That would put the White Sox in the hunt for a third baseman. So the bottom line for the White Sox is: All they need to do is one little move, but they could end up being very active. 

Designated Hitter Free Agent Market

I almost forgot about this one. So now you’ll have your entire free agent market series. Don’t forget that you can always find the whole series in the free agent market link on the sidebar.

 

Free Agents

  • Manny Ramirez
  • Vladimir Guerrero (15 million club option with a 3 million buyout)
  • Pat Burrell
  • Adam Dunn
  • Milton Bradley
  • Jim Thome (13 million club option with a 3 million buyout)
  • Jason Giambi (22 million club option with a 5 million buyout)
  • Raul Ibanez
  • Frank Thomas
  • Juan Rivera
  • Cliff Floyd (2.75 million club option with a 0.15 million buyout)
  • Mike Sweeny
  • Jose Vidro

Teams in Need

  • Rays
  • Blue Jays
  • Angels
  • A’s
  • White Sox
  • Rangers
  • Mariners