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by Patrick Ferrini

Trade deadline cheat sheet!

Patrick Ferrini

I know this is hardly the time to be discussing the off-season when the post-season seems so much more intriguing (when was the last time we could honestly say that?!). But there does always seem to be some confusion about where certain players stand and how long your favorite player is guaranteed to be in a White Sox jersey. Furthermore, aren't we just apprehensive Sox fans by nature and therefore not just worried about this year but the entire baseball cosmos for all-time? Okay, so I exaggerate but this year the confusion seems even more intense since Sox fans are smelling blood in the water for not only this year but a seeming long-haul. Dreams of prolonged dominance in our division cannot escape our minds even though we are all still too skeptical, cautious, and humble (by necessity) to admit it; especially when we just want the 2005 Division title in our pocket first. And of course knowing who is locked up and for how long they're locked up is especially handy with the trade deadline fast approaching, too!

Well as a service to us all (and more my own curiosity), I scoured the web for information on White Sox contracts both past and present to compile a list of who we have locked up, for how much, and for how long. Suffice it to say many of you will be pleasantly surprised at the work Kenny has done to lock up some of our key components for a reasonable amount of time and for reasonable compensation.

You can start to see the "3-4 year depth charts" he occasionally refers to in interviews emerge from some of the patterns. For example, this present outfield is locked in thru next year and can all possibly be optioned for 2007. This would give Brian Anderson and Ryan Sweeney another year and a half to two years to develop. They also have the flexibility to resign one or more of the current outfielders when it becomes clearer what roles these kids may play and whose talents (Dye's power, Pod's speed, or Rowand's flexibility) the Sox will need to retain. In addition, the younger guys in the pitching staff are locked in for as long as Mr. Reinsdorf will allow them to be (Jerry refuses to sign a pitcher for longer than 3 years, with the notable exception of the offer made to Bartolo). The Cubans are done in 2006 which would mean they could be replaced by younger pitchers (McCarthy & another rookie/free agent), which would also free up cash to re-sign or replace Buerhle, Garcia, and Garland. The Sox middle-infield is locked up for some time while the corner spots seem to be the biggest question marks can the White Sox re-sign Konerko for a reasonable price or do they even want to? Can the Sox retain/replace Joe Crede sufficiently until Josh Fields is big-league ready? What role will Scott Boras, Reinsdorf's arch-nemesis, play in this Crede drama?

Without further adieu, here are the Sox salaries!

2005 White Sox Payroll: $73.735 mil

2006 White Sox Payroll: $50.3 mil committed, $18.2 mil in options, 8 players in arbitration

2007 White Sox Payroll: $14.15 mil committed, $29.75 mil in options, 5 players in arbitration

2008 White Sox Payroll $0 committed, $8 mil in options

Go Sox!

Pat Ferrini has been a White Sox fan since his father hung a Winning Ugly poster in his cradle has continued to follow every game possible since then. After his obsession with the White Sox, his passion is watching the Cubs lose and collapse and credits Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS as one of the greatest moments in modern history. He lives in Northwest Indiana and attends DePauw University.

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