Major League Off Season Report Card (White Sox)

Moves so far

Paul Konerko

Paul Konerko (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Signed 1B Jose Dariel Abreu to a six-year, $68 million deal
  • Re-signed 1B Paul Konerko to a one-year, $2.5 million deal
  • Signed RHP Ronald Belisario to a one-year, $3 million deal
  • Signed RP Felipe Paulino to a one-year, $1.75 million deal
  • Traded SP Hector Santiago to the Angels and OF Brandon Jacobs to the Diamondbacks in exchange for OF Adam Eaton
  • Traded RP Addison Reed to Arizona for 3B Matt Davidson
  • Signed RP Scott Downs to a one-year, $4 million deal

Rumor Mill

  • White Sox Still in the Market for a Catcher
  • Gordon Beckham a trade candidate

The White Sox are putting all their eggs into building a team that will be good a few years down the line. They have sacrificed the present with a hope of being competitive again down the line. They traded one of their best relievers, Addison Reed, and one of their best starters, Hector Santiago, to acquire prospects.

OF Adam Eaton and 3B Matt Davidson come over from the Diamondbacks, and both will enter spring training with the Sox as probable starters. Eaton, 25 years-old, hit over .330 with 100 stolen bases in four minor league seasons, will step into centerfield for the Sox. Most scouts consider Eaton a sure thing, and that he will bring a new energy to the Chicago clubhouse that they have been missing.

Davidson, 22 years-old, isn’t as much of a sure thing. With a long, and slow swing, he tends to swing and miss a lot, striking out over 120 times in all four of his minor league seasons. While he struggles to make contact, .230 average in the minors, when he doesn’t make contact it goes a long way, 80 homeruns in those four years. While his defense is at best suspect, the White Sox lack depth at third and Davison has the inside track to being the starter at the beginning of the season.

The White Sox also brought in Cuban 1st basemen Jose Dariel Abreu, one of the most highly praised Cuban prospects this year. Abreu gives the Sox a legit presence in the middle of the lineup if his game can transfer to the majors. He hit over .300 with 30 homeruns in his last full season in Cuba. He will replace Konerko at first, and most likely settle into the middle of the lineup. Konerko has resigned for one-year, and will most likely be the designated hitter.

White Sox have made great this offseason in acquiring young talent. More importantly, they gave up very little to acquire that talent. Davidson may never work out, but Eaton and Abreu appear to be legit. Combine them with the acquisition of OF Avisail Garcia for SP Jake Peavy at the trade deadline last year, and they have a nice core of young players

White Sox get an A, they clearly understand they have to acquire young talent, and have done just that. It remains to be seen if that talent will pay off, but they are at least trying. With their current roster, it’s very possible White Sox could be competitive again within a couple years.

If the White Sox make any new moves, there will be an update posted.

Next team up is the Twins.

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