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pmck003
03-11-2007, 04:03 PM
I think Erstad will have a good season, good defense and somewhat above his carrer averages at the plate (maybe .285, 335?.) Looks as if Crede has a chance put up some big numbers as well. While it would be hard for anyone to duplicate the type of season Dye had, I don't seem him dropping off as significantly as some are saying.

Ziggy S
03-11-2007, 04:06 PM
I think one or two of the prospects we received in the Winter are going to make a positive impact (I pick Danks and Masset) and Javier Vasquez could pitch well enough to remind us of Jose in the second half of 2005.

HomeFish
03-11-2007, 08:26 PM
Juan Uribe.

ND_Sox_Fan
03-11-2007, 09:40 PM
If given the opportunity to play, Brian Anderson. I was impressed with his swing and approach at the plate today. He is really short and quick with minimal hand movement. He tried to get runners over in the situation and ended up with a hit to the right side and had the first hit of the game by just trying to go back through the middle.

Vazquez has the best chance on the staff to exceed expectations.

gobears1987
03-11-2007, 09:50 PM
I think Thornton will beat all expectations. Ditto for Pods if he comes back healthy.

delben91
03-11-2007, 10:01 PM
Brian Anderson and Mike MacDougal.

DumpJerry
03-11-2007, 10:38 PM
Toby Hall.

chisoxfanatic
03-11-2007, 10:41 PM
I think Erstad will have a good season, good defense and somewhat above his carrer averages at the plate (maybe .285, 335?.) Looks as if Crede has a chance put up some big numbers as well. While it would be hard for anyone to duplicate the type of season Dye had, I don't seem him dropping off as significantly as some are saying.

Hmmm, I can go with that. I really think Pods is gonna be given a run for his money for the starters position out there.

ondafarm
03-11-2007, 11:08 PM
Toby Hall.

Any decent player who leaves Tampa for a solid contender for the world championship will overperform.

DumpJerry
03-11-2007, 11:11 PM
Toby Hall.

Any decent player who leaves Tampa for a solid contender for the world championship will overperform.
He left Tampa for the Dodgers.

eriqjaffe
03-11-2007, 11:29 PM
Considering how many people are picking the Sox to finish in 3rd or 4th place, my answer is simply "the White ones".

ondafarm
03-12-2007, 01:54 AM
He left Tampa for the Dodgers.

Any decent player who leaves Tampa for a solid contender for the world championship with a stop in LA along the way will likely overperform.

Jurr
03-12-2007, 06:11 AM
Call me crazy, but I see Javier Vazquez, with some stability for once, getting back to being a solid pitcher, capable of winning 17-20 games.

Jose Contreras was able to block out the background noise in his life by having his family with him, and he flourished. I think Javy, with a good contract and some geographical stability, will step up. The guy doesn't have to look over his shoulder, wondering if he's going to be moved anymore. The confidence shown to him by the Sox franchise could be exactly what he needs.

Runners up: Andrew Sisco and Pods (who seems to alternate between up and down years).

cheezheadsoxfan
03-12-2007, 08:14 AM
Call me crazy, but I see Javier Vazquez, with some stability for once, getting back to being a solid pitcher, capable of winning 17-20 games.

Jose Contreras was able to block out the background noise in his life by having his family with him, and he flourished. I think Javy, with a good contract and some geographical stability, will step up. The guy doesn't have to look over his shoulder, wondering if he's going to be moved anymore. The confidence shown to him by the Sox franchise could be exactly what he needs.

Runners up: Andrew Sisco and Pods (who seems to alternate between up and down years).

I've been thinking Javy also. Just a feeling on my part but I like your reasoning on it.

viagracat
03-12-2007, 09:26 AM
Buehrle, if for no other reason his contract is up after the season.

Dan Mega
03-12-2007, 09:40 AM
Juan Uribe.

I wanted to say him too but he has let me down one too many times.

I am forseeing a monster year from Iguchi. Something like .320/25/80.

jabrch
03-12-2007, 09:51 AM
I'm pulling for BA. I love watching him play CF, I hope his bat stays productive enough to keep in in the field.

Javy is a huge candidate for upside (probably Garland type numbers) which would be a bargain at his price.

The depth of our bellpen makes it unlikely anyone will have to do too much (I don't see any of them needing to go 100 IP), but there are a lot of guys there capable of very good relief numbers in their respective roles.

Erstadt hasn't done it in a long time, but he's capable of being quite a bargain at his price. Pods is a major ? based on his health, but could be very impactful.

Iguchi should be interesting if he moves down in the order. He could post some productive numbers.

But the biggest opportunity to surprise is whomever ends up the #5. Floyd? Haegger? Danks? Whomever...

07isheaven
03-12-2007, 10:19 AM
I think Thornton will beat all expectations. Ditto for Pods if he comes back healthy.

I agree with you on Pods. If he takes care of himself during the off-season and is healthy enough, he will be really good.