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  1. Buehrle won't make it this year but I think if he can hit 20-25% this year, I think he's got a decent chance of making it by the sixth or seventh year.  I'm just glad that people are starting to reckon with his career and take it seriously.  His numbers put him in a pretty elite class of pitchers.  And I just don't think in the future we will see pitchers like him ever again.  To be honest, in five years, the average innings starters throw is going to start to be somewhere around 160-170. You might see one pitcher hit 200 innings.  Buehrle was truly a historic pitcher and deserves to be in the Hall of Fame.  I kind of thought before he retired that he and maybe Kershaw were the only two pitchers who could seriously make a run at 300 wins.

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  2. 11 minutes ago, ChiSox59 said:

    The Sox came into the offseason around $160M commited to 2021 including arb eligible guys.  They've spent $13.5M so far.  So they should be just below $175M as we stand today.  Subtract Kimbrel, and we should have $25-35M more to spend. If Kimbrel is flipped for Segura, signing Conforto would just about tap the Sox out IMO unless they're able to move another bigger salary like Keuchel.  

    Who besides Giolito is arbitration eligible?  


    I think my point being is that the teams who are spending like drunken sailors are doing so because they have huge holes and are desperate..  They also have no money on the books.  I do think that if the Sox have the chance to get Schwarber, they won't pass it up.  If it pushes them to $200 million, so be it.  Iit's very possible that one of the stipulations put in place moving forward is that there be a floor for team's payrolls.  Which means we might make what qualifies for the luxury tax to be higher.  Although even when the White Sox were rebuilding, their payrolls were still somewhat high.  

  3. 2 minutes ago, JPR said:

    Love this move.  Cesar came over with 21 home runs and proceeded to hit zero home runs with Chicago , total clown .  Garcia deserves 2B.  Chicago has missed on the top free agents so get ready for the Garcia.

    Cesar sucked but he actually hit a home run against the Cubs that I saw in person (believe he hit two in that series).  He actually had a great first two weeks with the Sox before proceeding to suck.

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  4. Right now, the White Sox have the second largest payroll in the AL.  I don't have the exact number but it's north of $170 million I believe.  And this isn't taking into account the players like Lucas who are arbitration eligible who likely will receive a hefty pay increase this year.  Stop complaining the White Sox are cheap.  They aren't.  The Yankees also aren't spending money right now.  The teams that are are doing it because they aren't as good as the White Sox were last year.  The White Sox have a damn good team.  The Rangers suck.  And will likely be lucky to be in Third place next year.  The White Sox will spend money but they need an upgrade, not a complete overhaul.  And their payroll, when all is said and done, will almost be north of $200 million and likely be one of the top two in the AL.


    1 minute ago, Two-Gun Pete said:

    On #1, I'm sure you have been told conflicting things hereto fore. And while I find your writing to be cogent and compelling, I wonder if your source(s) are merely using your good name to put put spin/PR.

    To the bolded, how can we be so confident that it'll be ~$190MM-200MM, if you don't know whats true at this point?


    On #2, how can we believe that a 2B, AND a SP, AND Conforto are possible, when you've been told conflicting things? Also, given this org's behaviors/recent history/recent poor choices, how are we to believe that they wont just fuck this one up?

    And again, in now way am I impugning you/your writing. 

    I gotta admit, I don't know what/who you're referring to with this post.

    Because, given what Lucas will cost next year and also what some of the other arbitration eligible players will cost, there is just no way it won't be at $200 million or above.  They are going to be in the top 2 in payroll in the AL.  They don't have to spend money like drunken sailors.  They will get one of the big fish in free agency, just like they did last year (Liam).  But given the way the Sox operate, we likely won't find out till the day before it's done.  Mets made some big upgrades and they still don't have as good a team as the White Sox.

  5. I want Semien as much as the next person but we have a bigger need.  We badly need a lefty Power hitter.  Our right handed big bats got badly exposed in the playoffs.  Thus I have a new free agent crush.  Kyle Schwarber.  This dude had a monster year last year and is capable of possibly having an MVP type season.  Plus his versatility allows us to put him at DH, 1B, and in the outfield, which he's actually surprisingly solid.  He's also just a dude that I think the fanbase would embrace.  I would rather see us spend 4/85 on Schwarber and get Escobar or maybe even someone like McNeill than go all in on Semien and get stuck with a right handed power bat in the DH or outfield.

  6. 8 minutes ago, Bob Sacamano said:

    I think Keuchel is what he is at this point. A soft 60-game schedule makes his 2020 season look great.

    He had a decent first half.  Really, the issues started in August when he couldn't get teh ball over the plate.  If we get the guy from the first half, we will be fine.  I also don't necessarily think this means Rodon is gone.  The market value for Rodon is really unknown.  But I think they didn't want to take the risk that he would take the $18 million, which I think is a safe bet.  I can totally see them brinigng him back at $10 million with an option and a load of incentives.  Due to his second half, he's likely going to have to take a prove it deal anyways.  I also don't think this means they are being cheap either. If you can spend $24 million this off season, why waste $18 million on one player when you have a really good rotation as it is.

  7. On 10/24/2021 at 11:16 AM, NWINFan said:

    For the Sox to have advanced against any playoff team, they had to have a healthy Rodon. They didn't have a healthy Rodon, and, unfortunately, may never have a healthy Rodon.

    Rodon was throwing 99 in his start against Houston.  Who knows how he felt the next day but the reason he only last 3 innings wasn't his health.


    3 minutes ago, almagest said:

    I do wonder if they want to get out of that deal after missing the postseason for the last three years and finishing right around .500. They're a stars and scrubs team like the Sox were pre-2016, with a $180m payroll. Braves are likely legit for a few years at least, and one wild card is going to be locked up by a 100 win team apparently.

    It's not gonna happen (full no trade clause too), but man would Harper be a perfect fit. He had to tell the Sox he was flat out not interested in coming here, otherwise I can't understand why he wasn't top priority over Machado.

    Harper himself said the White Sox pitch to him was surprisingly appealing and they were actually a really strong option for him.

  9. 4 hours ago, pettie4sox said:

    I don't know if that was a bad pitch to Bellinger, elevated 96+ MPH fastball out of the zone?  Dude just reacted and crushed it.

    It was a good fastball but Jackson should have gone breaking ball IMO.

  10. 45 minutes ago, hankchifan said:

    One player never mentioned is Adam Duvall for RF.  Maybe the Dodgers would trade him.  He has the highest fly ball rate in MLB - 53%, a major Sox need, plus 38 homers and led the NLin RBIs.  Down side is average .228, righty, and 33 yrs old.  Food for thought.


  11. 3 hours ago, Two-Gun Pete said:

    WRT Katz, what is he really good at?

    Is he good at helping the pitchers hold the runners, or do they do a shitty job at it?

    Is he good at helping Alkie Tony manage the bullpen, or did he help turn a 71.7% chance of winning game 2 into a loss by running Crochet out there?

    Does he know how to help manage a bullpen with 2 old/expensive closers, or did he let Kimbrel suck out loud all year, without taking action? 

    I think Katz has some skills/strengths, but there are some real weaknesses that he has. And with a geezing geezer as manager, both the bench coach and pitching coach need to up their games.

    Katz is arguably responsible for the success our starting staff had.  Without him, I don't think Rodon and Cease have the years they do.  Or even perhaps Lynn.  Obviously he can get better but I'm not sure we are going to find a much better pitching coach for this staff than him.  Also I can't blame him for the bullpen.  Bullpen pitchers are volatile.