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January 3, 2011

Doug Padilla: Rafael Soriano would get more than $7.25 million [UPDATE]

Filed under: Chicago White Sox — The Wizard @ January 3, 2011 1:17 pm
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Padilla @ ESPN:

The White Sox already are on the hook for at least $120 million in roster commitments, and could be close to matching the highest payroll ever for a season ($121 million in 2008). Adding Soriano would definitely take them into new financial world. The 31-year-old Rafael Soriano made $7.25 million last season and will get a healthy raise on that for 2011.

Furthermore, as Buford mentioned, Soriano is over 30 and a Boras guy.

Kenny, if you need pitching look elsewhere.

UPDATE: Is Phil Rogers suggesting the Sox trade John Danks to clear payroll to sign Rafael Soriano? Oh God!


  1. I would love to have Danks spend his entire career with the Sox. But if the Sox can’t sign Danks to a multi-year contract, then Danks has to be traded before he attains free agency after the 2012 season. We can’t let him walk because 2 draft choices are far from adequate compensation for Danks (and that’s assuming draft choice compensation for free agents isn’t eliminated when the CBA is renegotiated after the 2011 season.)

    The only question is when do you trade him…now or after the “all-in” 2011 season? Trading Danks for payroll flexibility would never be the primary reason, but rather a nice by-product.

    Danks will be 26 in April 2011 and potential suitors would be falling over each other if he were available today. By comparison, it was reported that Washington was willing to part with RHSP Jordan Zimmerman and Closer Drew Storen (who could also be a SP) for 28 year-old Zack Greinke. Granted Greinke was a former Cy Young award winner, but a talented 26 year-old LHSP would command a significant package in return which would have to include a SP to replace Danks. Maybe Kenny takes another shot at signing Danks and, if unsuccessful, pulls the trigger.

    Danks will be either signed or traded before the 2012 season begins and I suspect he will be traded. Danks has Buehrle’s agent (Jeff Barry) who played tough and got Buehrle his $14M per year deal. Danks and Barry will be looking at the $20MM+ contracts signed by Sabathia, Lee, Halladay, and Santana then ask themselves…how much would a team pay for the talented LHSP John Danks as a 27 year-old free agent? A lot more than $14M per year especially if the Yankees get involved and don’t think for a second that Barry hasn’t already mentioned this to Danks. Maybe this is why the Sox have been unable to sign him. And if the Sox get into a bidding war with the Yankees, guess who wins (remembering Cliff Lee was the exception, not the rule).

    Kenny has a knack for acquiring successful SP (Contreras, Garcia, Danks, Floyd and hopefully Peavy and Jackson). And I have faith in him here…to make the prudent signing or the right trade.

    Comment by Buford — January 3, 2011 @ January 3, 2011 4:01 pm | Reply

    • Trading Danks for payroll flexibility would never be the primary reason, but rather a nice by-product.

      Exactly. I agree with your post. You try to sign him and if you can’t you trade him.

      But not to make room for Soriano. If your reason is to make room for Soriano, better keep Danks till he’s a FA…

      Comment by The Wizard — January 3, 2011 @ January 3, 2011 5:58 pm | Reply

      • A couple years ago the Sox were hot for reliever Manny Delcarmen then of the Red Sox. Back then, his name was mentioned in a potential trade with Dye going to Boston.

        But like most relievers his star has faded and he was traded to Colorado last year. But he’s looking for a job now and once Kenny falls in love with a player, it’s difficult for him to fall out of love sometimes. Hoping for a rebound from a 29 year-old on a one-year deal wouldn’t make me regurgitate.

        Comment by Buford — January 3, 2011 @ January 3, 2011 7:58 pm | Reply

        • yeah, I remember those rumors well

          a 1-year deal would be fine.

          delcarmen made $900,000 last year and should be signable for less. one estimate says $625,000. he won’t break the bank.

          Comment by The Wizard — January 4, 2011 @ January 4, 2011 12:42 pm | Reply

  2. hey, does anyone understand the twins offseason stradegy? why haven’t they signed thome, pavano, or rauch? they are so under the radar right now. i’m suprised they haven’t tried to sign a big free agent either, what is they’re payroll?

    Comment by Anonymous — January 5, 2011 @ January 5, 2011 9:26 pm | Reply

    • I’m surprised too

      maybe they think getting back mornau and nathan will be enough

      maybe last year’s payroll was too much for them?

      Comment by The Wizard — January 6, 2011 @ January 6, 2011 11:31 am | Reply

      • According to Cot’s Contracts, here are the number of free agents currently available:

        Relief pitchers – 43
        Starting pitchers – 23
        DH’s -10

        The Twins strategy is the same as all the other teams…wait until the prices drop. And a trade is always an alternative.

        It happens every year with free agents…no big surprise.

        Comment by Buford — January 6, 2011 @ January 6, 2011 2:19 pm | Reply

        • but I thought they were for sure bringing thome back. and if they don’t get pavano soon they might lose him to the rangers or another team in need. just saying, with all we’ve done, it would be irritating if they some how pull out another division win.

          Comment by Anonymous — January 6, 2011 @ January 6, 2011 6:42 pm | Reply

        • but doesn’t the quality of players goes down as the time in the off-season passes?

          Comment by The Wizard — January 7, 2011 @ January 7, 2011 10:38 am | Reply

          • The better free agents are typically signed earlier except for Boras clients. What’s left is pretty much fungible.

            Comment by Buford — January 7, 2011 @ January 7, 2011 2:57 pm | Reply

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