Tap one of these two from the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Rays have become a successful organization despite limited financial resources. They do it by drafting well, hitting on their international prospect signings, and then developing them.
Erik Neander has been running the Rays since 2021. He has a couple of lieutenants the Chicago White Sox should hire.
Peter Bendix is the senior vice president of baseball operations who assists Neander in roster management and talent development. Carlos Rodriguez is the assistant general manager with an extensive international scouting background.
It would be a good idea to leverage a front office that builds teams the way Reinsdorf likes it–on the cheap. The Rays also find exciting players and are great at developing pitching.
The Sox need more of what the Rays do in their organization if the franchise hopes to be a yearly contender.
Hire this front-office executive from the Cleveland Guardians.
The Guardians have been good at drafting and developing pitching. Chris Antonetti has been the president of baseball operations since 2015.
His right hand is Mike Chernoff, and it might be worth bringing him over to impart the way Guardians do things.
They developed a young roster that blew past the White Sox last year.
Get this guy from the Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers spend like they are in the second-biggest market in the Majors. They also operate like a small market team in how they draft and develop players.
Having a strong farm system has allowed the Dodgers to make midseason trades to bulk up their roster for a World Series run. They spend in the offseason to give them a chance to contend for a title.
Andrew Friedman has built the Dodgers into a juggernaut. It would make sense to hire someone from his front office.
Assistant general manager Jeff Kingston has experience with player development while he was with Mariners. He has also worked for the San Diego Padres.
The Sox could also try to lure general manager Brandon Gomes away, but he might want the president title that Jerry possibly will not hand out.
Jerry Reinsdorf could continue to champion diversity by hiring one of these two front-office executives.
One thing to give Reinsdorf credit for is he has been a big supporter of diversity in baseball.
He might want to go with a minority candidate to run the team. Eve Rosenbaum has moved up in the Baltimore Orioles organization to the assistant general manager.
The Orioles have built their farm system into the best in baseball. Baltimore’s ownership group might be even more dysfunctional than the White Sox.
Despite all the ownership issues with the Orioles, they are one of the best teams in baseball. They are also a team that likes to be successful on the cheap.
Billy Owens is the assistant general manager for the Oakland A’s. While the team is awful this year, it was constructed that way. The team is trying to move to Las Vegas, but before the teardown to get the team out of Oakland, the Athletics were one of the best organizations in player development.
Owens could bring that eye for talent and the Moneyball way of doing things to the Chicago White Sox.
No matter what, the Sox need new leadership with no ties to the organization. These candidates fit that description.