12-28-2004, 12:51 PM
The problem of a lack of a middle infielder seemed to be solved when the Sox were about to sign Vizquel. Then David Epstein was available but the Cards signed him. So that is where we are now. The ideal candidate would be one who hits righthanded and can play the left side of the infield. Of the remaining candidates hardly any fit what the White Sox need. Cora hits lefthanded.Cairo does not play shortstop. Alomar does not play shortstop. The Japanese player does not play shortstop. He moved from short because of shoulder problems. Mark G does not play shortstop anymore. Oddly enough the best candidate appears to be Ramon Martinez. He seems to fit the criteria. If the White Sox sign a second baseman like a Cairo or a Taguchi it would seem like the Sox would need to retain Valdez and thus get rid of Harris. The White Sox roster at present would seem to include 11 pitchers 9 starters and 4 bench players-Gload, Perez, Burke, and Everett making a total of 24. Thus the Sox only have room for one player and as matters presently stand it would have to be a utility infielder as we do not have one. If we were to sign the Japanese player I definitely think the roster would have to be revised as we would need another back up infielder Either Harris or one of the outfielders would have to go-maybe Perez. In the final analysis it might be best just to keep Valdez and platoon him with Harris. We do know that Valdez can play shortstop and he does hit righthnded.