With just mere days separating us and the start of free-agency this coming week and a manager now in place, we take a look at Tyler Peers’ reader-submission offseason plan for the 2021 Chicago White Sox.
Tyler’s reader post will conclude the series of staff and reader submitted 2021 offseason plans here at The Dugout. You can check out those posts below.
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- 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: Tender
- Evan Marshall (RHP) – $1.3MM: Tender
- Adam Engel (OF) – $1.0MM: Tender
- Jace Fry (LHP) – $1.0MM: Tender
- Yolmer Sánchez (INF) – Uncertain: Claimed by BAL on 10/30
- Edwin Encarnación (DH) – $12M: (Declined)
- Gio González (LHP) – $7M ($500K buyout): (Declined)
- Leury García (UTIL) – $3.5M ($250K buyout): (Picked-up)
Impending Free Agents
- James McCann (C) – (Made $5.4M in 2020): (Walk) McCann will be getting paid elsewhere this winter and starting for another team in 2021.
- Jarrod Dyson (OF) – (Made $2M in 2020): (Walk) Jarrod Dyson is guy without a spot on a full-healthy White Sox team in 2021.
- Manager: Tony La Russa (Hired on 10/29)
- Bench Coach: Joe McEwing
- Pitching Coach: Stan Boroski
- Hitting Coach: Frank Menechino
Stan Boroski has been getting results as the bullpen coach in Tampa Bay for years now, why not give him a shot as the pitching coach here in Chicago.
Free Agency Acquisitions
- Michael Brantley (OF/DH) – 2 years, $28 million: Average of $10 million with deferred money or signing bonuses to get around COVID financial concerns. A much needed left-handed bat who gets on base. Brantley can be the primary DH while roaming the outfield to give guys a break. Brantley gives the White Sox a consistent bat that can allow them to give Andrew Vaughn some more time.
- Charlie Morton (RHP) – 2 years, $26 million: A one-year $14 million deal with a mutual option for the 2022 season for the veteran right-hander Charlie Morton. Morton is a veteran with loads of postseason experience that can stabilize the end of the rotation and take some pressure of the younger arms.
- Shane Greene (RHP) – 2 years, $17 million: Another veteran arm for the young White Sox pitching staff, Greene can do multiple things within the bullpen.
- Yadier Molina (C) – 2 years, $6 million: The White Sox need a backup catcher, and Yadier Molina spent a large chunk of his career playing for Tony La Russa in St. Louis.
Dylan Cease (RHP), Zack Collins (C) – (CWS) for Bryan Reynolds (RF) – (PIT): Although it would be amazing to keep Dylan Cease and have so many options in the rotation, but he does have value and White Sox could land their right fielder to stay with several years of team control.
After an amazing rookie year Bryan Reynolds had a rough sophomore season in 2020 but it was a weird year which was hard for players to revamp themselves. Reynolds is still a solid defender and once again a nice left-handed bat to even out that right-handed heavy power lineup. Reynolds should be able to be an on base guy while putting up 15-20 homers a year, batting around .280-.290, which will be scary with him hitting near the bottom third of the order.
Starting Lineup and Predictions
- Tim Anderson (R) SS: 21 HR, 70 RBI, 20 SB, .320 AVG
- Michael Brantley (L) DH: 22 HR, 85 RBI, 4 SB, .295 AVG
- Jose Abreu (R) 1B: 34 HR, 110 RBI, 1 SB, .285 AVG
- Eloy Jimenez (R) LF: 45 HR, 108 RBI, 0 SB, .292 AVG (Top-5 in AL MVP voting)
- Yoan Moncada (S) 3B: 22 HR, 83 RBI, 10 SB, .275 AVG
- Luis Robert (R) CF: 26 HR, 75 RBI, 20 SB, .270 AVG
- Yasmani Grandal (S) C: 20 HR, 62 RBI, 0 SB, .242 AVG
- Bryan Reynolds (L) RF: 23 HR, 70 RBI, 2 SB, .285 AVG
- Nick Madrigal (R) 2B: 4 HR, 48 RBI, 10 SB, .310 AVG
Featured Photo: Tampa Bay Times