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SouthSide_HitMen
11-20-2004, 07:53 PM
http://www.rototimes.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=primers&name=F20041117160649

Preview for 2005. They state the 3 big ? marks are

1. Is Joe Crede a legit 3B starter - They said the Sox are looking for him to start in 2005 (no Koskie - which is smart) and that this is basically his last chance (da).

2. Is Takatsu a legit closer? They said yes (we have Marte as well so I am not to worried). But they stated the Sox look to sign Chacon as either BP insurance or a #5 starter (he was a starter until last year). He was terrible last year (7.11 ERA) but he fared better as a starter. This is a gamble but I think if they can sign him cheap (ie not paying for 35 "saves" but rather a poor year and give him incentives for quality pitching) it wouldn'd be a bad deal. I would still rather have Leiber but we will have to wait and see.

3. Will the Big Hurt return healthy? I (like most Sox fans) hope the answer to this is YYYYYYEEEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!

Foulke You
11-21-2004, 10:55 PM
I really hope Crede can turn it around and put together a solid season for us. With Maggs gone, we will need someone to provide some offense.

SouthSide_HitMen
11-22-2004, 12:03 AM
I really hope Crede can turn it around and put together a solid season for us. With Maggs gone, we will need someone to provide some offense.I am right there with you. I really hope Crede has a good year / puts it together. Crede is just one of several White Sox players who need to improve on last years #s including "Big Hurt" Thomas & Jurassic Carl playing a full season, the message boards anointed Hall of Fame Pitcher (Guillen favorite / in law) Fab Five Freddy Garcia (4.46 Sox ERA - you are not in Safeco anymore) and our Six Million Dollar Middle Aged Man (Contreras 5.30 ERA). Considering that several players already exceeded prior performance expectations in 2004 (Uribe, Takatsu, Rowand, Gload) who will also have to keep their new level of performance, it appears without additional signings it may be a bit much to ask all of these balls to stay in the air in 2005.

Being a Sox fan, I guess we can always hope and pray.

With Hope and Prayer for a White Sox World Series - Since 1975 (a short-timer :))

Tragg
11-22-2004, 12:23 AM
Those may be some marks, but it's not like we are going to do anything about them this offseason (although we could trade Crede I suppose). We'll have to wait and see.

The more relevant ? markes that the Sox can address include:
Another starter
More bullpen help
Lead off hitter
Right fielder
Infield situation

mweflen
11-22-2004, 10:18 AM
The Angels preview contained this little gem:


Closers can be an ornery bunch, just ask the White Sox, who routinely seem to bring in quality closers only to see them fail miserably.

Thanks for rubbing it in Roto-world...everybody pile on! :P

SouthSide_HitMen
11-22-2004, 12:39 PM
MWEFLEN (who could change his location to Lincoln Square :smile: - and who is probably chomping down on a brat and beer in one of the great German establishments) mentioned the Angel preview but the Oakland A's Preview has many White Sox implications.

http://www.rototimes.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=primers&name=F20041110134028

On Jermaine Dye: The A's have already declined the $14 million option for next season on Jermaine Dye (http://www.rototimes.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=1185)'s contract but haven't ruled out his possible return. Dye has never fully regained his form after breaking his left tibia with a foul ball in the 2001 playoffs. He hit 23 home runs and drove in 80, and Beane would consider bringing him back for the right price, but his return is considered unlikely.

On Damian Miller: The only other key free agent for the A's is catcher Damian Miller (http://www.rototimes.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=2335), who will probably not be re-signed as the team looks to upgrade the position.

On the "Big 3": While rumors have suggested that the A's might try to trade Tim Hudson (http://www.rototimes.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=3550), Barry Zito (http://www.rototimes.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=3658), or Mark Mulder (http://www.rototimes.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=2662) during the offseason, sources close to the team have indicated that such a deal is unlikely. Hudson will make $6 million in 2005 and then be a free agent next fall. The A's would like to lock him up to a long-term deal before the 2005 season begins.

On the state of White Sox cash / throwing $ around:

3. Will the A's remain one of the American League's best teams?

Billy Beane has done a terrific job keeping this small-market team with a questionable fan base and a low payroll a consistent playoff threat throughout this decade. However, he'll have to pull even more rabbits out of his hat to keep the A's at that level. Mark Mulder (http://www.rototimes.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=2662) and Barry Zito (http://www.rototimes.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=3658) have already hit rough spots and Tim Hudson (http://www.rototimes.com/index.php?sport=bsball&type=profile&name=3550) is the first member of the rotation's nucleus to face free agency. With the Yankees and Red Sox continuing to throw money around in an effort to one-up each other and the Orioles, Mariners, White Sox, Angels, and Rangers also with plenty of dollars to spend in free agency, the A's may be hard-pressed to continue to contend.

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We can only hope that the White Sox have "plenty of dollars for free agents." :)