Last August, over at South Side Hit Pen our old friend WSM put together an early primer on the looming 40-man roster crunch for the Chicago White Sox heading into the 2019 Winter Meetings in December.
Working off of WSM’s original draft, with updates over time, here’s a thumbnail look at how the 40-man should shape up as the Rule 5 draft looms, about a month from today.
Let’s assume all five arb-eligible guys will be offered arbitration and kept:
José Abreu took the qualifying offer from the White Sox, so let’s consider him a signed free agent, while fellow FAs, Iván Nova (unlikely to return) and Jon Jay (heh … right) are cut loose.
Regular 40-man roster
So with six players on the 40, here are the 22 musts currently on (and remaining) on the 40-man:
That puts the 40-man roster at 28. It’s conceivable…