The Chicago White Sox announced this week that they plan to cut at least $30 million out of their Opening Day payroll for the 2014 season. However, the organization ensures the fan base that they will continue to spend money elsewhere that will still help in the development of players. Basically, the White Sox are prepared to take another step backwards in order to improve for the future.
“Two things: One, the overall expenditures by our department may not drop significantly, in part because we will be spending in excess of $10 million on the amateur draft, which is a huge step up,” general manager Rick Hahn said, according to ESPN. “We’re going to be spending in the vicinity of $5 million internationally which again is a big step up over where we were.
“While it may not necessarily be on the big league field, the money is still going out the doors to improving us player-wise.”
Chicago posted a 63-99 record in 2013, which ranked dead last in the American League Central division and second-to-last in the AL. Along with that, the attendance dropped approximately 200,000 people from 2012 (1.97 million) to 2013 (1.77 million). Unfortunately, that attendance number could take another big hit in 2014, even with the acquisition of left fielder Adam Eaton.
With that being said, the organization asks that the fans still believe in what they are trying to do because they are confident that their plan will make for a better team in the near future. Whether there is any truth to that will remain to be seen. The good news is that the White Sox are determined to improve the talent, even if it will take baby steps in order to do so.