Originally Posted by GoSox2K3
It's great for fans to have this outlook, but my concern is that this late season rebound is going to delude management into actually believing we're one or two players away from contending.
Over the last 5 years or so, the Sox have built a team to win about 83 games a year with the hope that all the right pieces will come together and that the Sox will "surprise" everyone and make the playoffs.
IMO, the Sox are 1 or 2 players away from being back to an 83-win, 2nd or 3rd place team. We are not 1 or 2 players away from competing with Detroit. Cleveland, Minnesota, and even KC aren't sitting still either.
The White Sox do have a nice young core of starting pitchers to build around, but they have a lot of work to do before they can catch up to the big boys in the American League.
As far as draft picks go, i'm not rooting for draft picks, but this team needs to start drafting better (and maybe it has in the last couple of years) in order to become a consistent contender.
I have zero concern about this. I don't think the people in the Sox front office are so stupid to believe that a good 20-game stretch makes up for the horrors of the 110 games before it.
They traded off four veterans this summer, including two productive players who had reasonable contracts for next season. That sent a clear signal in terms of what direction they are moving.
I don't think they have a major organizational overhaul in mind, but I also don't think they are going to be in "go for it" mode next season. There is a middle road in between the two extremes.