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White Sox 2020-21 Offseason Plan Project: Logan Hard’s Offseason Plan

With the World Series underway, it’s time to begin working on plans for the 2020-21 offseason, and we’re inviting you to share your thoughts and plans with us and the rest of the fanbase. 

All you have to do is use the template here (copy/paste) and begin to lay the foundation for what you believe will be the path to success for the 2021 Chicago White Sox!

When completed, save your plan as a PDF and send it to dugoutmediagroup@gmail.com for it to be published on the website. 

Note: We will not include submissions with vulgar or explicit language, so let’s keep it clean.

For the White Sox, our Editor-in-Chief, Patrick Flowers, has already offered up his plan for the Pale Hose this offseason. We’ve also published one reader submission, from Plainfield Matt.

Today, Editor Logan Hard takes a stab at an offseason plan for the Southside:

Introduction

The window was ripped open this season with the force of an F5 Tornado. The Sox may have gotten bounced by the A’s in the Wild Card round, but the future is now.

Not content to sit around and hope for the best in 2021, The South Siders fired Ricky Renteria. This was HUGE and I believe a sign of a really great off-season. (If they hire notable old baseball guy Tony LaRussa, scrub this article from the internet forever).

Let’s spend some money that ain’t mine!

Arbitration-Eligible Players

Nomar Mazara (OF) –  $5.6MM: Non-Tender

Carlos Rodón (LHP) – $4.45MM: Non-Tender

Lucas Giolito (RHP) – $2.5MM: Tender

Reynaldo López (RHP) – $1.7MM: Non-Tender

Evan Marshall (RHP) – $1.3MM: Tender

Adam Engel (OF) – $1.0MM: Tender

Jace Fry (LHP) – $1.0MM: Tender

Yolmer Sánchez (INF) – Uncertain: Non-Tender

Club Options

Edwin Encarnación (DH) –  $12M: Decline
The Parrot walks the plank.

Gio González (LHP) – $7M ($500K buyout) Decline
At least he pitched one time for the Sox. 

Leury García (UTIL) –  $3.5M ($250K buyout) Pick Up 
He’s still a valuable utility player. Just don’t start him.

Impending Free Agents

Alex Colomé (RHP) –  (Made $10,532,500 in 2020) He Gone. 
His peripherals tell a much different story than his save totals. Bummer/Heuer could step in and do just as well. 

James McCann (C) –  (Made $5.4M in 2020) He Gone
This is going to hurt. I would love for the Sox to keep him for Lucas’ sanity, but alas, I think he gets more money elsewhere and the Sox money needs to be spent more wisely in other areas of need. 

Jarrod Dyson (OF) –  (Made $2M in 2020) He Gone
Was he ever really here?

Manager/Coaching Staff

Manager: AJ Hinch 
The only choice, baggage and all. 

Bench Coach: Sam Fuld
Young analytical mind. 

Pitching Coach: Matt Zaleski
Pro advanced metrics on the pitching side. This won’t be “forced” on Hinch, but I think this is one where the Sox ‘strongly urge him’ to consider Matt. 

Hitting Coach: Frank Menechino 
He stays mostly because I have no idea who is a good hitting coach prospect. It might just be a MacBook Pro at this point. 

Free Agency Acquisitions

Marcell Ozuna (OF) – 4 years, $85M
I just love everything about Marcell. I want to see him Mash, but mostly I want to see him celebrate with the likes of TA and Eloy. 

Marcus Stroman (SP) – 5 years, $105M
This is an overpay for Stroman, but I think the Sox will be in on Bauer and get outbid, forcing a desperate jump to Marcus.  

Tyler Flowers (C) – 1 year, $4M w/ Club Option
The RETURN. As a back up that became better with pitch framing after he left the Sox, this is a good match. 

James Paxton (SP) – 1 year, $10M
Signed on a prove it deal. He’s injured but is only 32 and had a 2.4 bWAR season  in 2019.

Sean Doolittle (RP) – 1 year, $5M
For the glasses alone!

Greg Holland (RP) – 2 years, $8M
The Dutchman can still get outs out of the ‘pen.

Trades

None. With no full minor league season in 2020, it’s going to be hard for anyone to evaluate and make deals.

Winter Wrap-up

Here are your 2021 Chicago White Sox!

C: Grandal

1B: Jose Abreu/ Andrew Vaughn

2B: Nick Madrigal (once healthy, Leury/Mendick before that)

SS: Tim Anderson

3B: Yoan Moncada

DH: Vaughn/Abreu

RF: Marcell Ozuna

CF: Luis Robert

LF: Eloy Jimenez

Bench: Danny Mendick, Adam Engel, L. Garcia, Flowers

Rotation

SP: Lucas Giolito

SP: Marcus Stroman

SP: Dallas Kuechel

SP: Michael Kopech

SP: James Paxton

Bullpen:

CL: Aaron Bummer

SU: Codi Heuer

RP: Sean Doolittle

RP: Greg Holland

RP: Dylan Cease

RP: Matt Foster

RP: Jimmy Cordero/Zack Burdi/Evan Marshall


REMEMBER: Be sure to join the conversation and submit your offseason plan! You can find the template by clicking, here.

When you’ve completed your plan you need to include your plan in an email as a PDF and send it to dugoutmediagroup@gmail.com for it to be published on the website!


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3 comments on “White Sox 2020-21 Offseason Plan Project: Logan Hard’s Offseason Plan

  1. Scott Raether

    Where is Dane Dunning?

    Like

  2. Pingback: White Sox 2020-21 Offseason Plan Project: Tyler Peers’ Offseason Plan – The Dugout

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