Many people have been critical of what they perceive as Hahn’s decision to punt next season, but even though I tend to be more of a cynic than an optimist (especially when analyzing baseball deals) for some reason I’m inclined to give the Sox the benefit of the doubt for now.
I’m sure the White Sox have had the ambition of finding a franchise third baseman for years, but they’ve sure had a funny way of showing it.
The position is talent-poor, but it’s also essential to the White Sox’s recovery.
These projections aren’t perfect, but they are illustrative and worth discussing
With Dunn, you have to dig beyond his batting average to see his value at the plate.
Signing Abreu shows that the organization is committed to turning its back on the past .
The White Sox will need to sign some free agents this season, and some of them might currently be on the roster.
Granderson would be the first installment of what is, if you’re inclined to believe the sound bites, a three-year plan that involves more international spending, the draft, and mid-tier free agents instead of purchasing a team of superstars.
Asking Girardi to manage the Cubs now is like asking Warren Buffett to manage a Waffle House.
The White Sox have gotten a lot out of Jose Quintana. Should they cash-out now?
He’s going to be here next season, and the biggest challenge likely won’t be his batting average, but somehow getting him to overcome the mental block that’s he’s built when he’s just swinging the bat instead of wielding the glove.
The trade deadline was just step one in a multi-tiered process, and the part that we can’t know yet is how the White Sox plan to behave this offseason.
Hawk Harrelson, White Sox announcer and king of both hyperbole and tantrum, made what seemed to be an awfully pathetic statement during Monday’s game against the Yankees.
The money will likely work itself out, however, and there’s every indication that Viciedo will still be on the roster next season, not because he’s necessarily earned it, but because during a rebuild with limited options, it would be even more difficult to give up on a player with such raw talent before he’s reached his upside.
There’s a mantra that will lead the organization in the right direction: You’ve gotta walk before you can win.
Ventura shouldn’t get a free pass when it comes to taking responsibility for his team’s performance, but at the most basic level, it’s hard to see what another manager could have done with such a flawed roster.
If you were expecting blockbuster trades, exploding rosters, and all-new faces on the White Sox today, the past few days might have seemed just a little anticlimactic to you.
Though we won’t have Sale anymore, we may get something we don’t have now — a team with a future.
It wasn’t abundantly clear in April that this would be the season where the White Sox came unhinged, but at the midway point, there’s little question that they are done for 2013.