Originally Posted by sullythered
Nobody has any idea if this team will be good or not. Just like last year. Until the big money comes off the books, they basically did what they could. That doesn't necessarily mean they will be better or worse than last year. There are players I look for improvement from (Reed, Santiago) and players I expect to perform to a lesser degree (Rios), but I have no idea what will happen. Neither do you.
Oh please. Yes no one can 100% predict the future, but there are things that are easy to assume.
Originally Posted by SoxNation05
The bullpen is better.
Reed should improve.
I personally think Viciedo and Beckham will get better at the plate.
Robin Ventura gaining a year experience.
We have two options at the #5 spot in the rotation rather than Phil Humber.
Keppinger is better than Morel and possibly better than Youkilis.
Rick Hahn has also said "we're not done" and Jerry Reinsdorf had said that our payroll still has flexibility.
The bullpen is better and Reed should improve are really the same thing. I don't think the bullpen was the problem last year though, and it's debatable how a better bullpen improves us.
I like our #5 options better than Humber. Keppinger is a better stick than Morel and probably Youklis, but he's even more of a defensive black hole than Youk was. And his addition does not compensate for AJ's loss.
John Danks probably won't be 100% this year, but even if he is our big problem is offense, of which we have very little.
Why do you think Beckham will get better at the plate? He's had over 1000 plate appearances and has only regressed.
I'm fairly confident Viciedo will not improve. At least not without more time in the minors and a completely reworked approach. His problem is that he has no batting eye at all, and coupling that with a long swing that doesn't make contact very often, he's a long way from being a piece that can contribute. The league figured him out pretty quickly. Why does it take our fanbase so long? These were things scouts have said about him all along...