June 22, 2021

How does 88 wins sound? Yasmani Grandal, J.D. Martinez and company deliver a playoff run to the White Sox in our sim. (South Side Sox)


Giving this piece a bump in light of the White Sox striking hard, pre-Winter Meetings, to sign Grandal. The rest of this sim report gives you an idea of what can be accomplished with a little luck and some capital allocated for improvements.

The best part of it all is that if Grandal’s “discount” from SBN sim to real life ($25 million per year vs. $18 million, a 28% reduction) means this entire plan, if everything else adhered to a “less competitive market” discount, could be had for about $105 million.

Eighty-eight wins for $105 million? Not bad.


This year, representing the White Sox as their GM in the SB Nation offseason simulation, we made two trades and signed a whopping seven free agents.

Last year, our post-sim roster projected to 83 wins … but in reality (aka, actual WAR performance in 2019), the team would have nabbed 76. Still better than the actual White Sox, but not too shocking an upturn.

This year, thanks to the green light from Jerry Reinsdorf (played in this film strip by the dashing Max Rieper of Royals Review), we dialed things up something fierce, in the neighborhood of 86-88 wins.

Wow!

Here’s how.

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