The Chicago White Sox are open for business this 2019 season.
First, the ground rules. The following players are untouchable.
SP Bill Black
SP Jeff Wallace
CF Roberto Torres
The following players are explicitly on the block and we are actively shopping:
+ SP Gio Gonzalez. Because we signed him so late, we cannot trade him until July 25th, so just before the deadline. But that doesn't mean we can't begin finding an agreement now. He's 33 years old but on an $888k salary and having a 7-1 year on a 2.01 ERA. Could be a revelation for a contending team's rotation. An absolute steal at his current salary for a contending team looking to deepen their rotation or replace an injured starter. Looking for a solid prospect in return. A steal at his current salary. Best prospect return gets him.
+ C Caleb Joseph. Veteran catcher at our AAA level on a minor league contract. Has a 3.9 WAR at the ML All-Star break, on pace for a 6.3 AAA WAR this season. Seeking a single prospect in return.
+ 1B/OF Jacob Julius. A team captain personality we picked up from CIN in the JD Martinez deal. Middle-of-the-lineup bat. Had a 118 OPS+ while with CIN and hit a home run in each of his first two games with the White Sox. Earning $7m this season and still in his arbitration years, so could be non-tendered at season's end if did not wish to retain. Seeking a prospect or two in return, depending on quality.
+ RP Derek Law. 28 year old reliever on a league minimum salary. 40 stamina so he can give you multiple innings. 1.47 ERA this year in 30.2 IP, only 16 hits allowed with 29 Ks. Seeking a worthwhile prospect in return.
+ 2B Ruben Lopez. 24 year old second basemen with plus defense and sufficient offense. Earning league minimum and not yet arb eligible. Can also play SS. Seeking a worthwhile prospect in return. Not elite but would like at least one player who should be a future ML player; doesn't have to look like a future star. Maybe a solid looking corner outfielder, third baseman, or back-of-rotation starter or reliever.
+ LF/DH Eric Thames. Power hitting corner outfielder, designated hitter, pinch hitter. Earning $6.95m this year and next. Seeking a single prospect in return, one-for-one swap. Had a 1.111 OPS in June at the Major League level with a 341 average. Hitting an even higher 364 in July in 4 games before the break.
+ OF Luis Serrano. Primarily a corner outfielder but can also play center. Prankster personality, lightens a clubhouse, while hitting for contact and getting on base. Best of all, he's on a very team friendly contract, earning less than $1.5m each of the next three years after this one. Was a 2.4 WAR player for Chicago last year in only 99 games. Limited playing time this year with some injury time.
+ AAA SP Henderson Alvarez... Minor league contract, 1.9 WAR so far at AAA this season. Great organizational depth or could be a solid long reliever for a ML club. Seeking a single mid-level prospect in return.
+ AAA SP Jake Wilson... Left-handed starting pitcher on a minor league contract. Good depth or could be used as a LH reliever/specialist or long reliever. Seeking a single low-level prospect in return.
+ AAA LF Edwin Gomez... Good OF depth. $1m salary but expiring at end of this year. A single low-level, non-top prospect in return. Maybe a low-level reliever with some upside, or a low-level OFer or 1B.
You'll notice some big names here that are not on the untouchable list, nor the explicit trade block. Such as:
SS Miguel Leon
C Omar Silva
RP Mitchell Traver
RP Bernardo Gallo
I'm not making these players completely untouchable, but it'll take a hell of a deal to acquire any of the above. But that shouldn't dissuade you from trying. If you think you have the pieces to get it done, we have until the end of July to come to an accord. Happy to discuss what you have in mind.
Also, I may be willing to include some of our prospects with the above veterans in order to acquire a truly top prospect. Let's get creative.