The Chicago White Sox desperately needs to add some pitching but there are some guys who are going to sign deals that are not worth it.
Everybody knows that the Chicago White Sox need pitching. They are planning on being a good team in 2020 so a big offseason is in order. They need pitchers to supplement a pretty good pitching core that they have started to build. They have Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, Michael Kopech, and Dylan Cease amongst others that they are hoping they can be impact guys at different times but a veteran stud being added would be nice.
There are some astonishing numbers being thrown around during the Winter Meetings for some of the elite pitchers that are or were on the market. There are reports of the Los Angeles Angels and New York Yankees being in on Gerrit Cole for over 300 million dollars anywhere from eight to ten years. Then there is Stephen Strasburg who is going back to the Washington Nationals for seven years and 245 million dollars. The contract for Strasburg has driven up the price for Cole even more so this is going to be a very lucrative duo for this free-agent class.
If you are the Chicago White Sox, there is no way that either of those guys is worth that level of money for that level of term. They are both elite Cy Young level pitchers but that doesn’t mean they will be anywhere from 5-10 years from now. They faced each other in the 2019 World Series where Strasburg’s Nationals won and he took home the World Series MVP award. One or both of them are going to sign these deals worth a lot of money for a long time and their teams might regret it one day. The White Sox need to be so much smarter than that.
There is no doubt that guys like Cole and Strasburg will be amazing in 2020 and beyond but if anything goes downhill for them their teams will be in big trouble. The White Sox have no bad contracts right now and they would like to keep it that way. People get on them for not spending but there is no way these guys are worth that level of money in five to ten years.