ORLANDO -- The White Sox may have to alter their plans at catcher this offseason.
With a large deal headed eventually Brian McCann’s way, a $20-million offer for Carlos Ruiz and healthy contracts for Brayan Pena and Geovany Soto, the White Sox have already found free agency expensive. Free agent Jarrod Saltalamacchia -- who the team has inquired about but has lukewarm interest -- is also likely in line for at least a three-year deal that could approach $30 million.
While White Sox general manager Rick Hahn had previously stated he isn’t in search of a quick-fix and was more interested in players for the long haul, he did allow on Tuesday the team might be open to a two-year deal in certain cases.
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“It’s a good time to be a free agent right now,” Hahn said at the GM meetings. “There are some pretty robust deals already in the cue it sounds like based on what’s come out in the last couple of days and likely what’s coming.”
The White Sox would like to upgrade at catcher over last season’s performance. The combined .560 OPS produced by the club’s backstops ranked 29th of 30 teams last season. Despite the poor performance of both players the White Sox may platoon either Josh Phegley or Tyler Flowers with a veteran to help bridge the gap until they find a long-term solution.