Originally Posted by SCCWS
I don't think the White Sox can turn it around that fast. But we saw Boston and Cleveland make major strides in one season. Now Boston had a solid core in Pedroia, Ortiz and Ellsbury. But they added 5 position players who had really good years---Carp-Ross- Drew-Gomes-Napoli and spent 20 Mil for them. Indians signed a bunch of 2nd/3rd tier guys as well.
In the case of the White Sox, they have a limited core of position players to build around. But they probably have a better starting pitcher group than Boston or Cleveland did entering 2013.
You're dismissing the fact that those teams still had viable rotations and pens though. We don't have viable anything. We have three players, maybe 4, in our entire system that can be counted on to be better than average over the next two seasons. And getting them the cheap way took Cleveland half a decade. My point is that the comparison isn't apt. You can't just say "oh we only need half a dozen viable roster options with high end ability for half of the roster, and then we'll sign the other half via free agency in one off-season" like that's something that's possible unless you've laid the groundwork for many years and it's the perfect storm of excess talent with minimal demand.