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10-08-2008, 09:17 PM
Let's fire up the hot stove early. Here is my take on what could/should take place this winter. Let me know your thoughts of what you see in the future for our White Sox.

An SP would not hurt at all. My feeling is that you cannot count on Contreras at this time. I am so PO'ed at Vasquez that I would like to cut him loose immediately but thinking regarding him should be held off for a couple of weeks or so and everyone cools down. I have heard that the Orioles are interested in him. Brian Roberts would look great around here. Would solve the leadoff, front end speed and 2B questions. I would even give up on Swish if necessary if they threw in a pitching prospect.

As for CF, I like BA alot. He is a tremendous CF in my opinion. About as good as any I have ever seen for that matter with the glove and I started followin' this game back in '59. In August of 07, he actually received 70 AB's and hit .300. After the Sept callups, Ozzie had him back on the bench where he has languished ever since. Granted he has some problems with RH pitching powerwise (he hit all of homers off of LH), but he still hit about .230 playing sporadically. With regular playing time I feel he would improve this at least 20-30 points minimum. He had 181 AB's with 21 extra base hits. If you 3Xed his totals, he would have ended up with 24 HR, 78 RBI, and 15 SB. Same HR, more RBI and 12 more steals than Swish. Swish hit .197 against LH. Hopefully, it was just a down year for Nick.

As for the Konerko - Thome - Griffey trio, one or two of these guys are not needed. I don't know if you got to see him but Griff has really slowed down. Thome, and as much as I like his father - talked with him extensively three or four times this season - is only trying to hit HR's in an effort to gain the HOF. His dad even asked me how many more, when Jim had 535, that I thought it would take for him to get there. He said about 40 and I said about 25. His father, and I suppose Jim also, really want him to get in there before his father passes. There is just not a need for all three of them. Paulie probably has the most value to the club on the field but also in a trade but is there anyone in baseball that is slower than he is?

We definitely could use an everyday 3B who can go 1st to 3rd and/or score from 2B on singles . This means a decision on Crede, which is a tough one, needs to be reached. I say we keep Uribe. He is a real team guy who lost his job twice - SS and 2B - and did not complain one iota to my knowledge. He is a strong armed utility guy who can more than adaquately play three positions. He just needs to change his approach at the plate or get one period. And that leads me to my next thought.

Greg Walker needs to go. My feeling is that the guys are not listening to him anymore. I am sure he knows his stuff but our situational hitting is horrendous. As for our pitching coach, Cooper has done a fine job with Danks and also to a lesser extent with Floyd. He has failed miserably with Vasquez. Javi has great stuff but he is worst 200/yr 2000 career strikeout guy that I have ever seen. He gets ahead of hitters and then does not trust his stuff. He starts nibbling until he has to just lay it in there and then he gets hit. There is a reason he has been on several different teams. He needs some balls. McDougal is another guy who has great movement on his pitches but just does not seem to get it done consistantly.

Lastly, I really wonder what the WSox do at spring training. We really need to work on bunting for hits or sacrifices, rundowns and holding runners on base. We look like a team that was just thrown together recently in these areas in my opinion.

The really tough reality is that we need to do all these things just to stay competitive in the league and the division. I feel that if we were in the other league and were able to accomplish this stuff, then we would be odds on favorites to go to the World Series!

Add, subtract or tell me I'm crazy. Let's hear your version.

10-08-2008, 10:32 PM
I'd love to help you out, but reading it started to hurt my eyes

10-08-2008, 10:37 PM
Yes, maybe you can edit that with some breaks.

You know like this.

Where I have a gap between paragraphs.


10-09-2008, 12:09 AM
Since I couldn't read it as it was, I put in the paragraph breaks.

Now those who are more "personnel mavens" than I am can have at it. I will say that I highly doubt that Baltimore would give Roberts for Javy.

10-09-2008, 12:26 PM
I agree with you on the Javi to Baltimore trade. I really don't think anyone would take him with the salary in tow and let's face it, he's not even a career .500 pitcher anymore. And it's not because he was on a lot of bad teams either.

As for the paragraph breaks and difficult reading, thanks for the insight. I didn't know this was the children's library - just kidding.

I saw one of those guy's in the Tribune today or maybe it was yesterday's copy moaning about the WS needing to improve their baserunning. I disagree. For the most part they are pretty good baserunners, they just are not fast.

10-09-2008, 12:43 PM
I agree that Anderson should be given another full shot in CF. A team that hit 230 HRs should be able to carry Anderson hitting in the 9th spot.
I love his glove and he has matured since 06. Dye is getting slower and we need Anderson to cover a little extra ground.
What we don't need is a week hitting Uribe batting 8th. We will need to upgrade at 3rd and possibly 2nd with Alexei moving to short. I would love for Getz to win 2B in spring training and have a breakout season like TCQ and Alexei did this year.

10-09-2008, 02:15 PM
A team that hit 230 HRs should be able to carry Anderson hitting in the 9th spot.I know it's an antiquated position to take, but there is more to hitting than home runs. The Sox need base runners when those home runs happen.

10-09-2008, 02:27 PM
I know it's an antiquated position to take, but there is more to hitting than home runs. The Sox need base runners when those home runs happen.
I agree with you, we need 2 guys at the top of the order with high OBP.

10-09-2008, 03:14 PM
I agree with you, we need 2 guys at the top of the order with high OBP.

You think? Maybe we just need to hit MORE solo home runs.