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So are the White Sox really rebuilding?

Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:05 pm
 
Kenny Williams said the White Sox were rebuilding.

He never said they were trying to lose.

He definitely never said that the White Sox were looking at a long-term rebuilding project.

The White Sox's decision to sign John Danks to a five-year, $65 million contract, after spending the first part of the winter trying to trade their left-handed starter, certainly caught people by surprise. But it may not be the complete about-face that it at first seemed to be.

First off, Danks is still just 26. Even when Williams was talking about rebuilding, he was primarily talking about getting younger. A 26-year-old lefty who has averaged 195 innings a year over the last four seasons fits in perfectly, once you're sure you won't lose him to free agency in another year.

Second, the White Sox knew they were never going to be able to trade high-priced players like Alex Rios, Adam Dunn or Jake Peavy, and almost certainly weren't going to trade Paul Konerko, either. It's not like they were ever going to slash their payroll down to nothing.

Third, the word in both the international scouting community and among White Sox people is that the Sox could be very involved in the bidding for 26-year-old Cuban outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, who should become a free agent next month.

Fourth, the White Sox play in the American League Central. Yes, the Tigers look strong, the Royals are getting better and the Indians are trying harder, but this is not the toughest division in the game.

In fact, some White Sox people cringed when Williams began talking openly about "rebuilding."

"We are not rebuilding," one of them said forcefully.

Now, with Danks signed, some of those White Sox people were actually talking Thursday about what needs to happen for them to win in 2012.

Chris Sale needs to effectively take Mark Buehrle's spot in the rotation. Peavy needs to be better, a year further on from surgery.

Dunn and/or Rios need to bounce back.

Oh, and someone needs to take Sergio Santos' place as closer.

The Santos trade, to Toronto for pitching prospect Nestor Molina, is the only deal the Sox have made so far in their "rebuilding" winter. It fit the rebuilding mode, although it is worth remembering that while Santos has just two years in the big leagues, he is a year and a half older than Danks.

Perhaps the White Sox will still trade Gavin Floyd. It still wouldn't surprise anyone if they deal Carlos Quentin, especially with Dayan Viciedo waiting (and maybe Cespedes, too).

But a complete rebuilding?

No, that's the team on the other side of town.
Comments

Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: December 24, 2011 1:21 am
 

So are the White Sox really rebuilding?

williams has doomed this club to mediocrity.the monumental blunders of taking rios on waivers,the tragic dunn signing,and worse off,the trading of daniel hudson,has doomed this team.pus he runs off ozzie,who was the only reason this team was worth watching.they need to get a coupls contact hitting guys that can steal a base every now and then,that would at least be a start.



Since: Sep 19, 2011
Posted on: December 23, 2011 9:12 pm
 

So are the White Sox really rebuilding?

So in other words... the only reason the Sox arent "rebuilding" is that no one in their right mind would take Rios, Peavy or Dunn of their hands....
I see the only way the White sox could trade Rios and Peavy, If the White Sox pay half or more on their Salary. Peavy will make 17 Million in 2012 and Rios will make 12 million, If I was the Cubs GM I would trade Soriano for Peavy. Peavy can't do any worse then Coleman and Davis.



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 12:58 pm
 

So are the White Sox really rebuilding?

Carlos Quentin who is good for only about 120-130 games (due to injuries)anyways.  Either he, Floyd or Thornton could yield a closer. However, I would rather see Carlos or Floyd go before Thornton. 
I would rather see the Sox hand the closer duties over to Addison Reed and get a better return of players for Quentin, Floyd and/or Thornton.




Since: Jun 28, 2008
Posted on: December 23, 2011 10:32 am
 

So are the White Sox really rebuilding?

I think the biggest question mark in this equation if the progression of Gordon Beckham.  If Gordo could just leave the high fastball alone, he might be playing second base on the South side for the next 15 years.  I really do believe Robin Ventura's (a man who struggled at first on the South Side during his playing days) calm demeanor will a soothing influence on Gordo's progression this season.  If Dunn hits even .200 and Rios heads back to .250 then this is a different team.  Sale could be nasty as a starter but it might take a little patience on that front.  Dayan Viciedo has had a tease in the majors and it is now time to see howhe performs day in and day out.  I am sure he can be more valuable than Carlos Quentin who is good for only about 120-130 games (due to injuries)anyways.  Either he, Floyd or Thornton could yield a closer. However, I would rather see Carlos or Floyd go before Thornton.  Tough to find a tall lefty that throws 97+ mph gas so consistently. I think the signing of Danks is just another trick up Kenny Williams' sleeve.  Just when you think the white flag is going up, he comes at you in a totally different direction.  Kudos Kenny, keep it up!




Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:47 pm
 

So are the White Sox really rebuilding?

Is it even possible for Dunn to have another year like he just did? I can't imagine it, despite how the slump was so prolonged last year. If he comes back as half the player he used to be, that makes a huge difference in the Sox lineup. 

Between Chris Sale and Zach Stewart, the Sox will be fine with Peavy, Floyd, Danks, and Humber. That still counts for 6 major league arms, so it just takes a shift in luck for them this year around. Rios is always going to be that player that "should have been", and could always live up to some level of his potential. Especially, with the extra Wild Card spot I don't think it's laughable to think the Sox will be in the second season in 2012.



Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:44 pm
 

So are the White Sox really rebuilding?

So in other words... the only reason the Sox arent "rebuilding" is that no one in their right mind would take Rios, Peavy or Dunn of their hands.....



Since: Jul 30, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:16 pm
 

So are the White Sox really rebuilding?

Fear not White Sox fans.  If Dunn, Rios & Peavy have just their average season this team can compete in the AL Central.  Look for one or two more trades (Quentin and Thornton IMO).  I think with Robin running the clubhouse there will be a new found enthusiasm on this team and it will translate to the diamond.


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