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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    After Abreu moves to DH, his defensive liabilities will no longer take away from WAR. Assuming the last half of his contract is almost entirely played at DH, is it much of a stretch to get to 6 total WAR?
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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    I would be very interested to hear what critics of this deal think Jose’s numbers need to be over this contract to justify it
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    Abreu Signs 3/$50M Extension

    As long as Jerry looks at it as “Jose’s money lives outside of whatever salary cap we are targeting” I’m good with this. I really love Abreu and always have.
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    WHITE SOX SIGN Grandal 4/$73, Palka DFAd

    Thank you - haven't poured through the whole thread yet
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    WHITE SOX SIGN Grandal 4/$73, Palka DFAd

    Abreu at C? I want some of what you're smoking 🙃 (I know you didn't mean that)
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    WHITE SOX SIGN Grandal 4/$73, Palka DFAd

    Does this make Collins the odd man out? If McCann is playing DH and 1B some, Abreu is our primary 1B with some DH, and Grandal is our primary catcher, it seems like Collins is on the block. Especially with Vaughn on the fast track
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    Abreu Accepts Arbitration

    One of the things I think can't be underestimated is how valuable it is to have a veteran hitter with a floor as high as Jose around a young, talented core. Jose is prone to slumps, but he'll never have the Yonder Alonso / Adam Dunn half-seasons of utter disaster. I think his very worst months he hits like .240 with a .270 OBP and a power outage leading to a lower OPS in the mid 600s, but typically those dip months are bookended by white hot streaks on the other sides of them. I suppose I don't get the notion that he'll suddenly fall off a cliff any moment now or have a season at 33 or 34 that doesn't resemble his 30-31-32 year old self. Yes, he can't really play defense. But his hitting? Even if he's here for three years having him at DH at 35 for $12 million might be better than a lot of other options .
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    Sox issue qualifying offer to Abreu

    I predict 3/$36 I do not think that is a bad deal for the Sox.
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    Rick Hahn's Resume as GM

    How can the last 7 years be a “trend”? Comparing 2013 to 2018 seems just weird
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    Rick Hahn's Resume as GM

    I still think Machado is overvalued for the contract he got, especially with respect to the actual numbers he put up. If he put up an wRC+ of 108 for the Sox people would have calling for Hahn’s head regardless of Machado’s defense. As for sustained winning, correct me if I’m wrong, but the 23 season period of 1990-2012, although it only produced one championship and a handful of playoff appearances, the Sox had an average winning percentage of .526 - an 85 win season average during that entire era. I can’t recall the exact placing but I think they are the 6th or 7th best winning percentage over those years. I know someone will undoubtedly post the graph condemning this team as the worst franchise in pro sports because of their lack of success at winning titles, but that 23 season era bought them a little bit of equity with me. If this rebuild goes nowhere, I think it’s open season, but in my eyes the organization generally was doing things right for a while and had a few bad seasons.
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    Rick Hahn's Resume as GM

    2013-2016 were very, very different approaches than 2017-present. They didn’t fire the GM but they went in a completely different direction. I appreciate all the work that went into the original post, but adding up all the raw numbers from two completely different approaches (and two different cultures) feels wildly disingenuous to me. Tim Anderson, Yoan Moncada, Lucas Giolito, James McCann, Eloy Jimenez, and Luis Robert appear to be excellent acquisitions. The jury is out on Nick Madrigal, Zach Collins, and Andrew Vaughn. The 2017-present era feels much more like the 2011-2014 Astros to me. No it’s not a perfect analog, but the White Sox have been largely intentionally signing stopgap players waiting for key pieces to develop. I don’t think RH is a great GM but I do think based on the line we chose in late 2016 we need to see this through, and it still looks very promising to me based on the 6-7 really good young core pieces we have.
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    Sox issue qualifying offer to Abreu

    for those mentioning he’s potentially overpaid- so what? Our cheap ass organization finally shelled out some money? Great. Reinsdorf has billions. I know many of you feel there is some theoretical ceiling For payroll but somehow I feel as though Jose lives outside of that idea for the front office.
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    Sox issue qualifying offer to Abreu

    1 year at $18 seems ideal for both sides. Jose gets way more money than he would on the open market and the Sox get him for the 1 year they really need him and not the 2-3 he desires.
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    Strasburg officially opts out

    What the Sox will probably do should not inform the discussion on what the Sox should do....both in terms of draft picks and financial offers. The Sox should offer whatever it takes to get both pitchers, and win a goddamned World Series. The White Sox make a mint every year on merchandising and television rights ,and are consistently rated an extremely profitable and valuable franchise. Whether they would spend $300 or $400 million on these two pitchers is absolutely arbitrary to their long term bottom line, even if the last three years of both are not great. Fine, we might suck in 2025. Who cares. Our window is 2020-2023. Get them done.
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    Machado do-over

    If Machado had a 109 OPS+ / 3.1 WAR year after signing a 300 million contract with the Sox, people would be calling for his head.