Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn has a busy offseason ahead of him. He must make decisions on several arbitration-eligible players, identify which rookies he thinks will contribute next year and choose which free agents he believes can help the White Sox recover from a disastrous 2013 campaign.
The choices Hahn makes after the season ends will go a long way towards setting the franchise up for sustatined success. Let's take a look at some of the free agents the White Sox should be chasing this offseason.
It is wise to stay within the realm of reason here, so players like Jacoby Ellsbury, Brian McCann and Robinson Cano will not be included.
Sure, any of those players would improve the White Sox by quite a bit, and each would address a specific area of need. Unfortunately, Hahn does not have the resources—or the desire, probably—to sign a player to a contract worth upwards of $80 million or more. The front office has surprised the fanbase in the past, but maxing out a contract this winter is more than likely not in the plans.
Here are five free agents—two outfielders, two infielders and a relief pitcher—who would be great fits with the White Sox and will demand reasonable salaries for their abilities.
Projected contract figures are courtesy of Bleacher Report MLB Featured Columnist Joel Reuter. All statistics—advanced, or otherwise—are courtesy of baseball-reference.com and are accurate as of Tuesday, Sept. 24.