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01-28-2008, 01:40 AM
from the Boston Sunday Globe baseball notes

All the fixin's?
On the surface, it seems the White Sox have rebuilt their bullpen with the signings of Octavio Dotel and Scott Linebrink to go with Matt Thornton, Bobby Jenks, and Mike MacDougal. But Linebrink's numbers declined last year in Milwaukee and Dotel, while passing all of the medical tests, has made only 62 appearances the last three years after undergoing reconstructive right elbow surgery. Even with some of the moves the White Sox have made - adding Orlando Cabrera and Nick Swisher to the top of the order - they have a tall order in the division against Detroit, Cleveland, and maybe even Minnesota (if it keeps Johan Santana). GM Kenny Williams is still tinkering and would love to move shortstop Juan Uribe, but overall, he said, "I think we have one of the most balanced teams in the league."



Of all the GMs, nobody made bigger, bolder off-season moves than Dombrowski with his acquisition of Marlins' cornerstones Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis in addition to adding stellar shortstop Edgar Renteria from the Braves.

Right behind was the White Sox's Williams who, in attempting to curtail a stunning free-fall since the '05 world championship, bolstered his bats with trades for shortstop Orlando Cabrera from the Angels and outfielder Nick Swisher from Oakland while spending lavishly to address his sagging setup relief corps, with the free-agent signings of Scott Linebrink and Octavio Dotel.

"There's no question our division is going to be the most fun to watch in baseball next year," said Indians GM Mark Shapiro, who did only minor tinkering with his '07 AL Central champions this winter, trading for utilityman Jamey Carroll from the Rockies and signing reliever Masahide Kobayashi from Japan.

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