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  1. 38 minutes ago, Harold's Leg Lift said:

    Catchers are always over drafted in the 1st round.  They should draft a college catcher every year in the 3rd-7th round.  Every. Year. That's where the majority of them come from.  The very least they should do this year is take Drew Millas in the rule 5 draft.  

    Absolutely. I mean, instead of rando floor oriented college pitcher every time, try a catcher once in awhile. Or a high school kid. I like what Mike Shirley has been doing however.


    I don’t know they’re doing signing international catchers, but I see a couple guys in the system with some juice.  Hell its all a crapshoot.  Im just riding all the first baseman and DHs like whipped mules until they leave and people stop projecting Sheets in the outfield 

  2. 4 minutes ago, Look at Ray Ray Run said:

    I'd be shocked if Cueto got 12 million or more.

    I don’t think so either really. But he might get more than a one year deal. and I doubt the Sox wanted to commit to that for either guy. 

    By the way I would be just as surprised if Cueto did get more than a year than signing for the amount stated.  But from opinion I am reading, his potential deal is being talked about like that

  3. 16 minutes ago, ChiSox59 said:

    Like I said, I'd prefer they sign 2 OFs.  A good one - ideally, Nimmo, but that ship has likely sailed.  So one of Conforto/Gallo/Bellinger/Benintendi is the next tier.  Then grab one of Naquin, or Profar, or even Kiermaier as the 4th OF, and someone to fill in until Colas proves he's ready.

    But I think we at least have to face the realistic possibility that just 1 one OF is added, in which case Sheets is going to have to play some OF until Colas arrives. 

    The way I see it we have a DH and a first baseman. Platoon them whatever fashion is required based on the pitching. It doesn’t need to be everyday remedy to play them out of position. The Sox are the only team that thinks the solution to outfield s%*# is to play their stiffs. Complicating it all is nobody knows what to do with their overpaid stiff catcher. There is another way, they have to find it. If they get forced by circumstances that’s one thing. They have to plan for the season much differently than projecting a first baseman in the outfield again under any foreseeable vision. Sheets covering for roster fails is NOT a fallback option for a responsible organization.

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  4. 8 minutes ago, ChiSox59 said:

    I really don't feel like Harrison and Pollock buyouts should be counted for 2023.  Its already been paid.  The season doesn't start for over 4 months.  

    Colas won't be on the team until May, but I guess Sheets can play LF/RF for a month until he arrives.  Not ideal; certainly would prefer the Sox bring in 2 OFs so we're not basically forced to have Cespedes be our 4th OF. 

    Not ideal. I’ll say. This team is not unfucked until they fix the fucking roster ffs. God dammit Sheets in the outfield again? Then we have the  continued list of *reasons* why first baseman are playing all over the diamond again, and why it has to be that way.

  5. 17 minutes ago, chw42 said:

    Here's to hoping we have more than $180 million to spend, cause Hahn just spent 60% of it on a 5th starter. 

    I mean, considering the names out there we’ve been talking about for the spending, I’d prefer just to use call ups to fill the holes. I media gave  me better options, we can have a different discussion of spending preferences.

  6. 39 minutes ago, Look at Ray Ray Run said:

    The last 272 innings, Cueto has produced a FIP just under 4. There's something about aging pitchers renaissances that I buy into a little more than bats. Savvy pitchers can get by in different ways. I don't know what the odds in regards to who has the better season in 2023, but I'd say it's a lot closer to 50/50 than many are giving Cueto credit for here.

    That said, the SOx are clearly banking on the higher upside in Clevinger. Whether that's the right choice or not, who knows. THey have a lot of holes though and going from Cueto to Clevinger likely won't be the thing that sinks there season so probably not worthy of any kinds of panic or frustrationg.

    Agree a lot. But the Sox are banking in a lower price tag imo more than upside. Which appears not very much believable considering the price tag.


    I like Cueto here, because he’s been getting by by being a pitcher more than with stuff, which could be easier to replicate than finding old pre-surgery stuff.

  7. 28 minutes ago, southsider2k5 said:

    Nothing is ever 100%, but that goes both ways.  There is probably a better chance that Cueto goes back to what he was, than Clevinger not being able to put up 5th starter numbers.

    I am in the Cueto camp. Because recency bias is sometimes warranted just by the inherent recency. Anyway,  there are a million permutations and combinations possible. But if Clevinger’s velocity remains down, that distills the possibilities down quite a bit. If I had to distill my own concerns, they consisted of 2.

    Clevinger’s  recent velocity drop

    Clevinger’s age of recovery from TJ


    His lack of serious interest around a  league desperate for pitching probably verifies the concern(s). I mean, I don’t know what Cueto is gonna get. But if its a better offer than Clevinger, it feels like the thinking in front offices right now.

  8. 4 hours ago, Balta1701 said:

    The White Sox almost never go to arbitration with players for plenty of good reasons. To pull the plug on negotiating with Giolitos side when they were $50k apart? They haven’t done that with anyone in my lifetime. Then, a surprising number of trade rumors from the supposed insiders on the guy even though moving him makes no baseball sense? There’s clearly something going on here.

    If JR hates Giolito specifically, that's one thing. But if JR routinely goes after union reps, that's one way to alienate your entire roster and to ensure nobody would ever sign in Chicago.

  9. 5 minutes ago, Balta1701 said:

    It would be surprising to learn that JR would take it that far out of spite when he tried to go to arbitration with the guy over what was it $50k last year?

    The realm of  being petty over money is understandable to me. Its not like specific union reps cost him any more money, so there’s  no practical point to it for JR. Is he gonna get rid of every guy that takes that role for no practical reason?

  10. 12 minutes ago, Lip Man 1 said:

    The Sox philosophy under JR has always been anti-MLBPA and certain agents.

    Remember the labor impasse of 1994-95? JR was willing to neuter his own team's chances to get to the World Series in a foolish effort to get a salary cap and break the MLBPA.

    Just this past spring he was quoted in the mainstream media as saying he supported the lockout.

    He has always believed that players make too much money (hence the self-imposed payroll limitations)


    Thanks for the background. Again, if JR took out his meta union philosophy on individual union reps for no good productive (Sox) reason, I'm stunned to learn about. MLBPA is going to see to it that rules are followed no matter who the team rep is.

  11. 4 minutes ago, Dick Allen said:

    JR has always had disdain for union reps. When Gio took a bigger role before and during the lockout, the chances the Sox would extend him ended. As much as JR can be loyal, he can go the other way too .

    I mean, I can possibly understand JR has an attitude, but the fact that there would be no Sox  upside to dumping a union rep, and that JR would take it that far out of spite would be surprising to learn

  12. 3 minutes ago, Dick Allen said:

    Gios White Sox days were numbered as soon as he was named player rep and took the role seriously. 

    Maybe Im not understanding, are the Sox known for union busting activities? The MLBPA isn’t going to be denied anything, Giolito or no Giolito. There are way too many powerful and  interested parties on the players sides for the players to ever be denied anything as far as player rights these days

  13. 20 minutes ago, HOFHurt35 said:

    I feel the complete opposite. 

    Fair enough. 

    Ill just add, my impression of TJ pitchers in their 30s returning to form is not good. Correct me if Im wrong. If the velocity is down, I’m not gonna be optimistic especially.

  14. 1 minute ago, maxjusttyped said:

    Cleveland or Tampa are teams who are able to win consistently while doing this, but constant roster churn I think puts a ceiling on how good your team can realistically be. The Sox, at least under this current regime, will also never be the scouting & player development machine those organizations are so it's moot point anyways.

    I don’t think moot point is the right way to describe it exactly. Fatal flaw is better. The Sox in particular should be trading high on players, flipping for prospects and youth because other than the payroll blips, they seem big $ ticket item averse.  If their scouting department can’t sign good prospects, then use other teams’ scouting departments.

  15. 3 hours ago, Balta1701 said:

    The awesome return is getting rid of the problematic pro union guy.

    Other than a more fair percentage of revenue which the players have already gotten in recent times in all sports,  every team has union reps, and its not a ‘problematic’ thing. More of an is what it is thing. From ownership perspective. The awesome return would be dumping his pus arm.

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