1. A Replacement for Alexei Ramirez
The White Sox declined to pick up Ramirez’s $10 million 2016 option, and instead chose to pay a $1 million buyout, after the Cuban shortstop slashed a measly .249/.285/.357 to go with his declining defense. Now the White Sox will be in the market for a shortstop. However, with top prospect Tim Anderson continuing to impress (.312/.350/.429 +49 SB at AA Birmingham in 2015) the White Sox won’t be looking for more than a bridge to the 22-year-old. Ian Desmond comes to mind first, as the 30-year-old is coming off a down season in Washington where he slashed .233/.290/.384, meaning he might be looking for a one-year deal to try and rebuild some of his value.
If Desmond does accept a multi-year deal from somewhere like San Diego, which is probably more likely than him being willing to make a single-year pact, Jimmy Rollins and Stephen Drew are also candidates for one-year deals. Those may not be the most exciting names in the world to White Sox fans, but with Anderson nearly ready for the big leagues, you don’t want to get bogged down by signing an older player to a long-term deal.