Bad and the Chicago White Sox go together like peanut butter and jelly.
101 losses, the laziest general manager search, and a bad manager have this organization considered to be amongst the worst in baseball.
Now they are watching the team on the Northside make bold moves like hiring Craig Counsell to be the manager when the Cubs still had David Ross.
The Sox are sticking with manager Pedro Grifol, who is in over his head, and over-promoted Chris Getz who was bad in his previous job with the club.
If you think for a second Getz can turn things around quickly, then I got a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you.
Especially with the speculated moves Getz is about to make.
There are three players he is rumored to either trade for or sign in free agency. All three moves are not going to be enough to catch the Minnesota Twins in the AL Central.
Signing Whit Merrifield is not the answer at second base.
Acquiring Merrifield five years ago would have been great. Signing him now that he is going to be 35 is not.
Merrifield did make the All-Star team last season for the Toronto Blue Jays but that was because he had a great first half.
Merrifield hit .232 in August and then .181 in September.
Like it or not, the Chicago White Sox are most likely going to sign a player who had a wRC+ of 93 to play second base next season.
Merrifield hit 11 home runs this past season with a .272/.318/.382 slash line. Hey, this club loves to replicate the Kansas City Royals where Merrifield enjoyed success.
This will be a bad move for two reasons. First, it does not solve the eternal problem at second base long term. Second, it blocks two potential permanent solutions from getting at-bats. Lenyn Sosa is probably not going to be anything more than a utility player, but he has shown he can hit for power in the minors. Top 10 prospect Jose Rodriguez is also knocking on the door.
Instead, Getz is going to spend millions to bring in his guy despite Merrifield being past his prime production years. He is projected to possibly get a two-year deal worth $12 million.
Trading for Salvador Perez and his contract is not the solution at catcher.
The Chicago White Sox are rumored to be interested in trading for catcher Salvador Perez. Again, if this was five years ago, make the trade.
Do not trade for this version of Perez and the $42 million left on his contract.
Perez can still provide power as he hit 23 home runs last season. His value as a player has plummeted. He finished as a -0.3 fWAR player and with a wRC+ of 86.
Plus, the Sox want him for his leadership skills. That is a cop-out for Pedro Grifol and also you are asking for an outsider to come in and start leading the club. If that plan does not work out, you have a catcher that will be turning 34 in May with declining production which is expensive.
Instead, you can save money with Carols Perez and Korey Lee while Edgar Quero gets more experience in the minors.
You do not need to sign Aroldis Chapman.
The Athletic has the Chicago White Sox tied to possibly signing Chapman.
Spending money on the bullpen is not a good use of the limited self-imposed financial resources Getz has to work with. It was one of the mistakes former general manager Rick Hahn made that led to this contention window not being open for very long.
Chapman is not even close to the dominant closer he once was and has a very questionable character.
If Getz wants a veteran bullpen arm, he can save money by bringing back Bryan Shaw.
Instead, Getz is going to probably make these moves because he thinks it will turn the Chicago White Sox around quickly when it will probably continue to make them a bad franchise.