The White Sox roster is essentially set for the start of the 2010 season.
If they sign another bat or not, this team is built on pitching, and its foundation is strong. Mark Buehrle, Jake Peavy, John Danks and Gavin Floyd are the cornerstones. Matt Thornton, Bobby Jenks, J.J. Putz, and for better or for worse Scott Linebrink, Randy Williams and Tony Pena backing them up.
Alexei Ramirez has put together a couple of nice seasons. Hopefully he discovered the Chicago diet and bulked up a bit.There is another year on Paul Konerko, getting out past his prime, however his prime is blasting World Series grand-slams. He still has some baseball left in him. Same thing for A.J. Pierzynski. We pretty much know what we are getting from these guys. Throw Mark Kotsay in there as well. It is what it was.
Juan Pierre will likely lead off with Alex Rios hitting second. If they aren't at the top of the order then they have pretty much failed to meet expectations. Rios obviously at a much higher fiscal cost than Pierre.
What does Andruw Jones have left? In millions. Did he squander it all? Boy, I hope so. I hope he comes in looking for bigger paydays or with something to prove. I rather not see the comfortably rich fat guy that played in Texas last season. Im pretty sure he'll be chubby no matter what, I just hope hes hungry.
Can Gordon Beckham avoid the sophomore slump? How will another position change affect him? My money is on him hitting higher in the order than Rios when the dust settles.
Q!? Will Carlos Quentin regain all of his power now that hes a year removed from breaking his wrist?
Is Dan Hudson the key to the whole season? I suspect he might be, because who really trusts Freddy Garcia to go 200 innings? Hudson is likely going to start some games this year. Hopefully Freddy can go most of the year though, as I rather have Hudson in the pen. With him getting work out there, that means less of the weak links in the game and still parked out in left field. Liney, Randy, Im looking at you two.
Oh and if you are giving money to help Haiti, dont give it to Wyclef.