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Updated: 2016-10-21T13:42:58-05:00


White Sox officially appoint Chris Getz as Director of Player Development



Former Sox second baseman will focus on Minor League operations.

Today, the Chicago White Sox make it official by hiring Chris Getz as Director of Player Development. Filling in for Nick Capra, who will be replacing Joe McEwing as the third base coach in Chicago, Getz will be taking the knowledge learned while working for the Kansas City Royals to Chicago. While reporting to Rick Hahn, Getz will be working closely with Director of Amateur Scouting, Nick Hostetler, to improve the prospect pipeline.

"I'm really excited about the hire of Chris Getz. Chris is an excellent addition to our front office, and I am really looking forward to working with him adding and building a deep, productive system," said Hostetler.

A career that spanned seven seasons, Getz career numbers were .250/.309/.307 with a 1.7 bWAR. In 2007, Getz played in 107 games for the Sox before traded to the Royals for Mark Teahen. While in Kansas City, Getz played in 332 games for the Royals before signing with the Toronto Blue Jays as a free agent, retiring in May of 2014. After his retirement, Royals GM Dayton Moore offered Getz a role focused on player development.

With only a year and half of experience under his belt, the hiring of Getz was a curious decision from outside the organization. Raising questions of what strengths Getz possess that would make him successful in this role?

"He's a very intelligent baseball guy that was part of a World Championship and mentored by two people that I have high admiration for in Dayton Moore and J.J. Picollo. A very good communicator as well, " said Hostetler.

Working with one of the worst farm systems in baseball, Getz will have his work cut out for him. Even though he fits the mold of ex-Sox player gets a front office job, the hope is his initial experience outside of Chicago will breathe fresh ideas on how to develop better players. Maybe the combination of better drafting from Hostetler and better player development from Getz can provide light at the end of the tunnel for Sox fans wishing for better days.

The South Side Sox 2016-17 White Sox Offseason Plan Project


Rebuild or reload? The decision is yours to make Now that we thoroughly came to terms with the White Sox’ 10 worst losses of the 2016 season, renewal can begin. Welcome to the third installment of the South Side Sox White Sox Offseason Plan Project. Two years ago, I put together a template that covered the necessary decisions that lay ahead for the White Sox with a Choose Your Own Offseason option afterward, and was surprised to see more than 40 plans constructed in response. So I did it again last year, and the SSS community combined to post 91(!) of them, which was incredible. I think it now qualifies as “back by popular demand,” and with buying and selling looking equally tempting this time around, the plans could be more varied than ever. If you’re new to this, welcome. The template below starts by tying up loose ends on the White Sox roster. After that, the floor is open for trades and signings, and you have the entire league and free agent market at your disposal. Here are some instructions and guidelines for your rosterbating pleasure. *Copy and paste the template into a FanPost. If you’ve never written a FanPost, you’ll have the option if you’re a registered member of SSS. Once logged in, CTRL-F "Write a FanPost" or "Post your own" and go to town. Here’s a good example of a finished product from last year. *Cot’s Baseball Contracts has the White Sox’ payroll obligations. I’ll set the payroll limit at $130 million. That’s a little lower than the $135 million limit I set last year, but the Sox didn’t come close to it. And while that’s higher than they’ve ever gone, they’d at least have to breach the $120 million threshold to field a credible contender. Thank James Shields for that one. *MLB Trade Rumors has a list of the 2016-17 MLB free agents. Note the players with options and exercise logic in whether the team will exercise those options (for example, Jonathan Lucroy will not actually reach free agency this time around). Start here and have fun. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - ✂️ [cut along the perforated line] ✂️ - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - [Insert your name]’s Offseason Plan Arbitration-eligible (with projected salaries from MLBTR): Write "tender" or "non-tender" after each of the following names. Two notes: 1) You can trade before or after tendering a contract, and 2) we’ll just assume Jose Abreu is in the fold for roughly $11 million regardless of whether he chooses the arb route. Todd Frazier, $13.5M Brett Lawrie, $5.1M Avisail Garcia, $3.5M Miguel Gonzalez, $2.6M Dan Jennings, $1.2M J.B. Shuck, $1M Jake Petricka, $900K Zach Putnam, $900K Daniel Webb, $600K Explain the toughest calls if necessary: Contract options (pick up or buy out) Matt Albers: $3M for 2017 or a $250,000 buyout Impending free agents (re-sign, let go or qualifying offer) Austin Jackson: Made $5 million in 2016. Alex Avila: Made $2.5 million in 2016. Justin Morneau: Made $1 million in 2016, although he signed during the season. Elaborate if needed: Free agents Peruse the list of potential free agents and name two (or more) you would pursue, the max offer you would extend to them, and a brief explainer. A good-bad example: No. 1: Gordon Beckham (three years, $15M). He wasn’t any better in Atlanta than he was with the White Sox, but 30 is the new 20. He can play second base after trading Lawrie. Trades Propose two (or more) trades that you think sound reasonable for both sides, and the rationale behind them. A good-bad example: No. 1: Trade Chris Sale to the Braves for Tyler Flowers. White Sox solve their catcher problems, Braves get a starter for their new stadium, and it evokes an image of ships passing in the night. It may be hard to completely filter out the homer or fantasy baseball player in you, but try your best to keep the suggestions sane. Summary If you end up with a concrete 25-man roster, feel free to list it with as much detail as you have. The more detail, the better. What's more important, though, is describing h[...]

Gamethread: NLCS Game 5



The series is going back to Wrigley, but with which team in the lead?

Cubs at Dodgers

TV: Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m.


Cubs at Dodgers

TV: Fox Sports 1 at 7 p.m.

International draft stands to benefit White Sox


Unwillingness to blow out budget puts them in weaker position to access top talent in current system It speaks to the labor stability of baseball that its collective bargaining agreement expires in December, and yet we don’t hear all that much about it. When CBA talks do arise, it’s usually in the form of wish lists that may be another CBA period away from actualization. The international draft used to be one of these far-away ideas due to the challenges of implementing one that’s comprehensive enough, but Buster Olney says Major League Baseball is pushing hard for one to take effect as soon as 2018. Under the terms of MLB's initial concept, the new international draft system would start in March of 2018, with a 10-round draft held over two days. As the new structure evolved, with terms grandfathered into the process, the minimum age for draft-eligible players would be 18 years old by 2021. As part of baseball's proposal, MLB would operate facilities in the Dominican Republic, where international draft prospects would be invited to live to develop their skills and education before becoming eligible. This would also give MLB much greater control over a process which has often been viewed by baseball executives as a wild, wild West of player procurement. Over the years at Baseball America, friend of the podcast Ben Badler has outlined the hurdles with an international draft. The biggest problem with any system is identifying which countries are covered. The Dominican Republic, Venezuela and smaller South American and Caribbean countries can easily produce players through a system, but countries like Cuba, Mexico, Japan and South Korea have their own big-business professional leagues to fill, and if Australia and European countries are deemed too small or faraway to include, will the best Dominicans and Venezuelans end up establishing residency there? Moreover, with Puerto Rico’s diminishing big-league presence serving as an example, roping baseball-factory countries into the draft could suppress enthusiasm for the whole venture. From an ESPN article in 2012: "If they implement an international draft it will be the worst thing to happen to baseball in places like Venezuela and the Dominican Republic. You'll find the agents and buscones will find a way to bring kids over to the U.S. when they're 15 or 16. Why wouldn't you? The pie for signing players is higher here in the draft. The best players will make their way here and baseball in our countries will, in turn, suffer and become less talented." That said, the current system with the international pool money isn’t really the answer. The Dodgers showed the restrictions for big-market teams were relatively toothless when they exceeded their bonus pool 20 times over in 2015, so the penalties didn’t curb the whole "arms race" feel. An international draft with assigned slots would theoretically reduce the number of signability problems, which would allows small-market teams to hold their own. And that’s where the White Sox come in. They’re not a small-market team, but they operate like one when it comes to amateur talent. They spent less than any other team in the draft in the years before the CBA codified the slot-value system, and there’s reason to believe they would benefit the same way from an international draft, because they’ve been just as unwilling to color outside the lines. Yes, their international presence has improved thanks to Marco Paddy — it had nowhere to go but up after the Dave Wilder scandal — and they are spending their pool money. But in order to get access to the top talent, you have to open the wallet even bigger. And if you’re not willing to get in a race with the Dodgers, you have to wait until they’ve overindulged and are prohibited from making big-ticket signings. And that’s doable, as this summer showed. With the Dodgers, Yankees, Cubs and Red Sox and other big spenders on the sideline during this signing period after blo[...]