Keep on the 26-man roster: Andrew Vaughn, Gavin Sheets, Romy Gonzalez, Yoan Moncada, Lenyn Sosa
Keep in the 40-man roster: Bryan Ramos, José Rodríguez, Zach Remillard,
Try to trade: Tim Anderson
Let walk in free agency: Elvis Andrus
26-man roster to spots to fill: Two
Yoan Moncada is staying in salary only. It would be tough to move his contract considering his injury history and his inconsistent production.
Vaughn was just okay in his first season as the full-time first baseman. Gavin Sheets, Lenyn Sosa, and Zach Remillard are still not arbitration-eligible.
Sosa might be given a shot to compete for the starting second base job. He has struggled to show he can consistently hit. A better idea is giving top-10 prospect Jose Rodriguez a shot or sign a veteran until he is ready to play for the Chicago White Sox every day.
Tim Anderson’s decline at the plate has been startling. He has gone from the AL batting champion to a .245 hitter this season.
His club option is affordable and should be exercised. The free agent market is weak at shortstop and the club would be better served trading him to a team thinking all Tim needs is a change of scenery.
Elvis Andrus playing second base did not work out like everyone hoped. It is time to move on from the veteran.
Getz needs to bring in a starting second baseman and a shortstop if they move on from Anderson and Andrus. If the team wants to bounce back quickly, getting better hitting and defense out of those positions is what is needed. Anderson is not providing the hitting or the defense and Andrus is not bringing the offense either.
Keep on 40-man roster: Oscar Colas
Keep on 26-man roster: Andrew Benintendi, Eloy Jimenez (primarily a DH), Luis Robert Jr.
Non-Tender: Trayce Thompson, Adam Haseley, Clint Frazier
26-man roster spots to fill: Two (one starting right fielder, one backup)
Luis Robert Jr. probably would win the AL MVP had the Sox been good this year and Shohei Ohtani not played in the American League. He had a breakthrough season.
Benintendi played hurt all year. The Sox gave up on Oscar Colas after a dreadful rookie season. He is trending towards being the next Dayan Viciedo and not another Robert Jr.
He was so bad the team demoted him to Triple-A late in a lost season. That is probably why he will be an organizational depth piece until he reaches arbitration when he will be non-tendered.
Eloy should be traded, but if the goal is to turn things around quickly, you cannot give up on his bat just yet.
Getz should be able to find better outfield depth than Thompson, Haseley, and Frazier. Finding better players will be a challenge for the new general manager as it looks like the team needs at least 12 new players added to the 26-man roster.