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    Free Agency - How confident are you?

    Like who? Which free agent target not named Cole but who doesn’t represent a “dumpster dive” is available who isn’t at an age where the latter part of their contract isn’t going to present the same sort of problem Stone is referring to with a potential Cole contract? All of the guys heading into free agency this offseason, who you would deem a quality player today, are turning 30 or thereabouts, but will get some sort of long term deal that will have the same risk on the back end of the contract that a Cole contract might. The likes of Bumgarner, Wheeler, Martinez - they present the same risk, if not more so, than Cole down the line, so why throw the lot in with them. Again, who are the “quality FA acquisitions” we should target, who are going to cost some significant dough themselves, rather than exercise our unprecedented “financial flexibility” on a guy like Cole?
  2. Well today, for example, he drove in his 100th RBI of the year, the 5th year he’s done so in a White Sox uniform, which places him third all-time in White Sox history in doing so. Only Paulie (6 times) and Big Frank (10 times) have done it more often as a member of the White Sox. But I digress - what was that you were saying about Alex Rios?
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    Free Agency - How confident are you?

    Reinsdorf and Stone are reportedly close; hell, it’s why he got the broadcasting gig with the Sox in the first place. Therefore it’s very possible if not probable they share a similar viewpoint on this particular matter. So maybe it’s likely both Stone’s own thinking and a regurgitation of the boss’ point of view, all wrapped up in one Tweet for mass public consumption.
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    Free Agency - How confident are you?

    Actually, he regurgitated Reinsdorf’s views to a tee in this Twitter post: ”Huge contract for a lot of years” and “I don’t think it’ll be Cole”. If that’s not the owner’s mantra towards premium free agent pitchers from what we’ve seen over the past four decades, I don’t know what is. Sadly, nothing new here, but who knows? Maybe it’s a fan decoy of sorts to lower expectations before dusting off the cobwebs on the purse strings and really going for it!
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    Free Agency - How confident are you?

    To Stone I would say, the contract would look very good from the beginning to the middle, as it would align with the upcoming contention window when the team still has Giolito and Moncada under team control. Adding a bona fide ace like Cole into that time frame would greatly enhance the team’s ability to attain another WS trophy during that time. Just deal with any potential problems with the back end of the contract when you get there. In the meantime, maximize the team’s ability to win a championship over the next four to five years, period.
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    Future White Sox Lineup #GetExcited

    Sounds like the owner would rather sign Abreu, so you might want to think about dropping this particular crusade of yours (scintillating to read about as it is) and move onto something else.
  7. As is your view towards our team’s “leader” and “ambassador”. Perhaps best you just leave him alone.
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    The game thread

    He shall be the one by which others are judged!
  9. I guess this is where I become disconnected in the conversation. Jose turns 33 next year, not 39. Are we really thinking this "crash" is going to happen as soon as next year, after a year where he's going to end up smacking 35 homers and drive in nearly 120 runs, and 35+ doubles? I mean, I can see and probably expect him to come down a bit on those numbers, but only into the 25-30 homer range and 90-100 RBI range, with 30 doubles or so. For $9-$12 million bucks, I'll take that kind of production out of my DH. I know anything is possible, but for Jose to hit that wall where he's totally lost it, I don't see that happening as soon as next year. There's certainly no indication of it as of yet, at least as far as I can see.
  10. How is it your posts on anything non-Abreu related are typically rather good, and then you get to Abreu, and you lose all reason.
  11. I'm a reasonable bloke, so I can see what you're saying about the years side of things, and acknowledge that point. In reconsidering then and seeing what a few others have suggested, I think a two-year contract in the $9M-$12M per range, with a team option for a third year, would be reasonable for a DH and for the production he'd likely put up during that time.
  12. LOL - "leverage", "overpay", "limitations", "15M down the hatch...will hurt"
  13. It was a terrific post, in my opinion, because I thought the poster did a nice job of putting into context what Abreu has meant to the organization, and then simply advocated the team not nickle and dime someone of his caliber on the next contract with the guy. I believe the poster suggested a three year, $36M contract, which I don't believe is overpaying him, and even if it was, not by enough for anyone to get their knickers in a bunch over. I don't believe this qualifies as me supporting "unwavering loyalty" to the guy, either. You have to admit, that might have been a teensy weensy hyperbolic on your end to suggest as much.
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    Cordell sent down

    For the fan who has stayed loyal to gritting his or her teeth through the rebuild, yes! Give the “younger” a look every chance you can!
  15. Yet another terrific post. My compliments. 😀
  16. Barring injury, with two more seasons, and even with some decline in production, Jose will likely land in the top 5 All Time White Sox for home runs and RBIs, and top ten all time for doubles and total hits.
  17. I think the gentlemen's agreement is you get to wear a White Sox jersey for the remainder of your career, and we get your services at a hometown discount.
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    Renteria goes on pregame anti-analytics rant

    It's not ridiculous at all. You keep trying to paint the five years of Veeck's second go-around as owner from '76-'80 as this "dark" and "laughingstock" window of time in the organization. My point was it was no darker or more of a laughingstock than what we've experienced this decade. Take out the three rebuild years if you want and look at the four years preceding them that resulted in the need for the rebuild to begin with. For a team that was "going for it" from 2013-2016, and with a core that included the likes of Sale, Abreu, Quintana, and Eaton, the team didn't even play .500 ball. That's every bit as laughingstock as anything that happened from '76 thru '80. We lost quite a few ballgames between '13 and '16, which one should think would meet your definition of "dark". At least in late '70s we had Nancy Faust playing the organ and Harry Caray singing "Take me out to the ballgame" every day/night at the ballpark, along with the many unique, themed days and nights Veeck had going on back then. Don't recall any of that feeling particularly "dark".
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    Renteria goes on pregame anti-analytics rant

    The White Sox have been far more of a “laughingstock” these past seven years under Reinsdorf than Bill Veeck’s teams were from his second go-around as owner from ‘76-‘80.
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    Renteria goes on pregame anti-analytics rant

    I think you might be getting one former White Sox owner confused with a current White Sox owner in terms of who almost “moved the team to St. Pete”. Veeck helped save the Sox from moving to Seattle. Reinsdorf threatened to move the team to St. Pete if the state didn’t meet his demand to make him a future billionaire by building him a stadium entirely funded off the backs of taxpayers, while also giving him a 40 year lease with annual guaranteed taxpayer-provided subsidies. Meanwhile, speaking of those subsidies and all of the revenues Reinsdorf has received from the new ballpark, if you thought Veeck was a “terrible owner”, who operated WITHOUT those taxpayer, built-in advantages, what in the world can you possibly think of Reinsdorf, particularly when you think of the franchise’s record since the park opened in 1991.
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    Abreu “as valuable as anything” to Sox: Merkin

    Thank you for introducing some reasonable perspective into this discussion. You would imagine Jose is registering an Adam Dunn 2011esque season this year, the way some are carrying on. Put him at DH primarily in seasons going forward, and then there is little or nothing to complain about.
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    Machado do-over

    I think if you looked in the dictionary for the definition of the term a "fool's errand", it would be described as trying to think you could somehow be successful in signing a Scott Boras premium free agent for a below market amount. It'll be interesting to see how, or even if, the Sox approach Cole this offseason.
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    Machado do-over

    The White Sox have money to spend, too, and lots of it. And they may be in an even more enviable position given they don't have any luxury tax implications to be concerned with.
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    Don Cooper’s Eventual Replacement

    The converse of Ventura would be someone like Tony LaRussa. Utility infielder who ended up with a .199 career average, but then turned into a HOF manager.
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    Ivan Nova open to re-signing with the Sox

    Well now, don't be too harsh. I don't "hate" anyone, including this FO. I just find them frustratingly incompetent at what they do. There is a difference. As it relates to the difference between this coming offseason and the last one, of course I recognize the difference. Last year we had an extraordinary opportunity to land a generational premium talent without having to compete with any other large market team, and we still failed to do so. We won't have that opportunity again this offseason, as you pointed out yourself with the reference to the Yankees probably interest in Cole. As for the state of the rebuild last offseason, that's actually an irrelevant point to make, as we weren't talking about signing either Machado or Harper to a one year contract, but one that would have covered the entire upcoming window of competitiveness the team is shooting for, and during their prime years, no less.
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