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How much will the White Sox spend on payroll in ’15?

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Feb 18, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn speaks to the media during MLB media day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

At least the Chicago White Sox can spend money if need be, so that’s a plus for this offseason, right?

After reading an article by Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago about how White Sox General Manager Rick Hahn says there are no restrictions “to field a winner next season,” makes me feel a little better about this offseason.

In fact here is what Hayes wrote for his article on CSN Chicago:

"“He still doesn’t want to identify how much payroll he has to construct his roster. But Hahn would admit to having a bigger payroll than last season, which is enough, he said.”"

I believe the White Sox will spend closer to $100 million this season rather than $90 million they opened the ’14 season with. My “prediction” is the White Sox will have a final payroll of $96 million for the ’15 season, but that is just a guess.

What do you think the payroll will be?

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Other news that affected the White Sox this past week was the Detroit Tigers re-signing designated hitter Victor Martinez for a four-year, $68 million deal.

I think it would have been nice for the White Sox to have a lineup involving Jose Abreu and Victor Martinez, but that “dream” is over, and it is time to move on.

Some potential free agents at designated hitter are Adam LaRoche, Adam Lind, Billy Butler and Josh Willingham. Though the White Sox could go another direction when it comes to signing a DH.

This offseason is gearing up to be very interesting to say the least for the White Sox, and I’m banking on there being a surprise move by this club.

More from White Sox News

In other White Sox news:

• Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago writes about trading Alexei Ramirez will be hard for the team.

Jose Abreu “won’t rest on his laurels” writes the official White Sox site.

• Here is a Chicago Tribune video on Rick Hahn speaking about “attracting free agents.”

• In more on Ramirez, CBS Chicago’s Bruce Levine also writes about the shortstop.

• The Chicago Sun-Times writes the White Sox are happy with Jake Petricka.

• At SS, we took a look at all three former White Sox players who have won the AL MVP award.

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