With the 2020 MLB World Series getting underway this evening between the Tampa Bay Rays and the Los Angeles Dodgers, 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 below (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 email@example.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.
In the introduction section of your off-season plan, you’ll talk about where you see the Chicago White Sox heading into the 2020-21 offseason, your outlook and philosophy on what the White Sox need to accomplish this winter, and explain the thinking/strategy behind your offseason plan.
For this portion of the offseason plan you will be deciding whether to “tender,” or “non-tender” the listed arbitration eligible players for this year.
If you would like to think even more outside the box, you can opt to extend an arbitration-eligible player such as Lucas Giolito, for example. Remember, this is your plan, and the level of creativity/complexity is purely up to you.
We have listed the arbitration-eligible players and their projected 2021 salary according to MLB Trade Rumors.
- Nomar Mazara (OF) – $5.6MM:
- Carlos Rodón (LHP) – $4.45MM:
- Lucas Giolito (RHP) – $2.5MM:
- Reynaldo López (RHP) – $1.7MM:
- Evan Marshall (RHP) – $1.3MM:
- Adam Engel (OF) – $1.0MM:
- Jace Fry (LHP) – $1.0MM:
- Yolmer Sánchez (INF) – Uncertain:
This section is a quickie within the exercise where you will simply decide to “pick up,” “decline,” or “rework” a player’s club option for the 2021 season. You’re welcome to provide as much, or as little explanation as you’d like on your decisions.
- Edwin Encarnación (DH) – $12M
- Gio González (LHP) – $7M ($500K buyout)
- Leury García (UTIL) – $3.5M ($250K buyout)
Impending Free Agents
The White Sox have a trio of impending free-agents heading into this offseason, and it’s your job to decide whether to allow each player to walk, or work on a new deal.
You should explain your decision and the reasoning behind that decision for each of the three players.
- Alex Colomé (RHP) – (Made $10,532,500 in 2020)
- James McCann (C) – (Made $5.4M in 2020)
- Jarrod Dyson (OF) – (Made $2M in 2020)
With their being a vacancy at the managerial spot in the White Sox dugout, give us your choice for the new skipper and his new staff. Elaborate on the decision you make.
As of today, there is a vacancy at manager and pitching coach. You can opt to simply fill those two spots and keep the rest of the existing staff, or you can get creative and decide that your new manager will want to select his bench coach (currently Joe McEwing) and hitting coach (currently Frank Menechino). Elaborate on your choices.
- Bench Coach: Joe McEwing
- Pitching Coach:
- Hitting Coach: Frank Menechino
Free Agency Acquisitions
Here’s where the real fun begins. List your free-agent signings and your reasoning for the move in this section of the exercise. Use the format below and elaborate on the move. Spotrac is a great place to see impending free-agents and their projected salaries, but you can pull this information from any place you choose, so long as you cite the source of that information.
- George Springer (OF) – 5 years, $124 million: Spotrac has Springer’s projected AAV listed at just shy of $25 million, so for this example I simply multiplied that by the five years we’re giving him to create the overall value of the contract. You can offer whatever you see fit.
Here you can make the Winter Meetings blockbuster that you’ve always dreamed of, but we suggest something reasonable for both sides involved. Let’s hope you have better luck than Rick Hahn did last season when he traded for Nomar Mazara to fill the void in right field.
Player X (CWS) for Player Y (ZZZ): To the left in bold you’ll list the player(s) involved in the swap as well as their team, followed by an explanation of the trade and why it makes sense for both sides involved.
In this final leg of the exercise you’ll summarize your offseason moves and the strategy/logic behind them.
If you choose, you can list a projected 26-man roster based on your acquisitions and departures within your offseason plan. This is highly encouraged, but not required.
REMEMBER: When you’ve completed your plan you need to include your plan in an email as a PDF and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org for it to be published on the website!