Originally Posted by TaylorStSox
I agree with that. The pitching, even in a rebuilding year, will be solid. Also, the drop off from dumping PK and AJ won't be as big as most people realize. Despite PK's great start, he's had a very pedestrian year. Flowers can match AJ's OBP and hit for power. He's much better defensively and I prefer the way he calls a game. Replacing Rios with one of Walker or Thompson might not be that huge of a drop off. Less hits, more K's, similar power, OBP and steals with excellent defense. I expect Dayan to take a step forward and Ramirez to have a slightly better year. Even in a rebuilding year, the situation isn't dire.
The farm is better than most will admit. There's little depth, but a few potential stars.
Ha ha, step off the ledge a bit, dude. You dump Konerko, Rios, and AJ from this team and we're looking at 60-something wins. Sox had a Top 3 offense in the AL for most of this season.