The White Sox Need To Sign 1 Of Fowler Or Desmond To Stay Competitive
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I like the moves the White Sox have done in the offseason. The only problem is what the Royals and Tigers also have done this winter will make it tough for Chicago to keep up.
The Pale Hose finished a disappointing 76 – 86 in 2015 and almost 20 games behind Division winner KC for the AL Central.
2014 winter moves of Adam LaRoche, Jeff Samardzija and Melky Cabrera just didn’t work out like they thought.
Despite the poor results off those player acquisitions Rich Hahn acquired Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie so far in the hot stove this year, and also inked catchers Alex Avila and Dioner Navarro as key moves.
I love this aggression – and even believe that LaRoche and Cabrera will have bounce back seasons for the White Sox this season. Cabrera was pretty decent in the 2nd half, and LaRoche suffered the Adam Dunn NL to AL syndrome.
Having said this already, the Royals are sitting with a talented squad as reigning World Series Champs, and the Tigers added Jordan Zimmermann, Justin Upton, and bushel full of relievers and Cameron Maybin.
There is no doubt in my mind that Detroit will be much better than their cellar dweller 2015 campaign.
The White Sox have a decent pitching staff in its entirety. Maybe not as talented as the Cleveland Indians, but the Tribe doesn’t have the sticks as Chicago either.
KC has the best bullpen in the Division, and will rely heavily on it again with their grinder offense backing it up.
Minnesota has a ton of young offensive superstars in Miguel Sano, Brian Dozier and Byron Buxton, yet also lost team leader Torii Hunter.
Chicago is still spending at a decent clip – having a budget of near $123 MIL so far, but Detroit has crept up to near $200 MIL, and KC has paid for its title, by going near the $140 MIL team salary barrier.
The White Sox are also in a unique position of having their pick protected for picking in the top 10, and they also have a pick coming to them for the signing of Samardzija.
So still out there are OF Dexter Fowler and SS Ian Desmond – who are both having a tough time yielding a dollar value deal with their named attached to Draft Pick Compensation – and a lot of the clubs already having spent all their allotment of dough.
What would it take to sign these guys?
Fowler OF (30), .250/.346/.411 with 102 Runs Scored and 20 Stolen Bases ( I am saying the Sox could have him for 3 YRS/$30 – $33 MIL
Desmond SS (30) .232/.292/.384 – with 19 HRs and 62 RBI ( I think a one year deal for $10 MIL would be a good move).
Desmond 3 slashed .262/.331/.446 with 12 HRs and 38 RBI in 72 Games past the All – Star Break spanning 260 AB. These numbers are more reflective of his .736 career OPS.
If you add Desmond with Frazier, Jose Abreu and Brett Lawrie – it is not unfathomable for all of these guys to club 20 HRs each – and surpass 100+ big flies as a Infield unit. Not to mention their defense is not that bad either.
Fowler would take the place of Avisail Garcia in all likelihood, which is an upgrage, but given the choice between Desmond and Fowler, I may go with Desmond 1st.
If it were a perfect world, the brass would sign both of the 2 to add into the mix, and then have Garcia as a more than capable 4th OF.
Honestly, I think Desmond is in a worse position bargaining wise here, and I believe Chicago could really get him for a deal. If I were Desmond, it may be worth taking hacks at US Cellular Field and reestablishing value.
Another reason to sign Desmond to a one year pact would be for a midseason trade if the season comes of the rails. Perhaps a club like Seattle, Arizona, or Pittsburgh would be in need of a Shortstop halfway through the year as an upgrade.
The White Sox also have $50 MIL coming off the books at the end of this upcoming campaign with John Danks, LaRoche, Navarro, newly signed FA’s Navarro, Mat Latos, Avila and leaving post 2016.
I would think that Garcia also has a better chance of putting up average numbers in a starting capacity as opposed to Tyler Saladino – who up just a .602 OS in 236 AB for 2015.
There is also enough LHB in the lineup to spell an all RHB Infield of Frazier, Desmond, Lawrie and Abreu with Adam Eaton, Avila, Navarro, Cabrera and DH LaRoche all taking hacks from the left side of the plate.
This is a perfect case of buying low on a player. Most teams have to factor that Draft Pick compensation.
Since there are 6 NL clubs that are a tire fire, and the A’ are not in a strong position to contend, and the Marlins also not being in contention for Desmond services, Chicago has a leg up in that regard for negotiation
Seattle should be in for Desmond’s services, but they are opting to go with Ketel Marte at least to start the year.
Arizona has already traded for Jean Segura, and feature Nick Ahmed in the fold as well, so it seems they wouldn’t place a bid for Desmond.
Pittsburgh is just not in for cash reasons to start the year, instead going with Jordy Mercer, Josh Harrison and hope to have Jung-ho Kang back for Infield duty after his terrible injury to end 2015.
Staring down an everyday lineup with Saladino should just not happen.
The Sox could even withstand a poor OBP from Desmond – with patient hitters like Eaton and Abreu offsetting free swinging guys like Frazier and Lawrie.
A lineup with pure bop could help win some games. All the Sox have to do is spend the money.
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Posted on February 11, 2016, in MLB Reports and tagged 2016 MLB Amateur Draft, adam dunn, adam laroche, al central, alex avila, brett lawrie, Brian Dozier, Byron Buxton, cameron maybin, Chicago White Sox, Chicago White Sox Payroll 2016, Detroit Tigers, Dexter Fowler, dioner navarro, ian desmond, Jean Segura, jeff samardzija, john danks, jordan zimmermann, Jordy Mercer, jose abreu, Josh Harrison, Jung-Ho Kang, justin upton, KC Royals, Ketel Marte, Mat Latos, melky cabrera, miguel sano, Minnesota Twins, nick ahmed, rick hahn, todd frazier, Torii Hunter, Tyler Saladino, us cellular field. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
This is an article with ideas that I have been posting in comments throughout the off-season, along with some trade options that might also be available to the White Sox to upgrade their shortstop and outfield positions.
I agree that the Sox should sign both players. i know three picks in the top 50 look good for the future, but the Sox have a three year window to win in my opinion. They have young pitching lined up and enough cap room to sign a big free agent next year. It is time to remain relevant in the city of Chicago.
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