Wednesday, March 12, 2014

By: Gavin Ewbank | Lead Writer

A year after just barely missing out on the playoffs, the Chicago White Sox were not very good in 2013, finishing with the second worst record in the American League, just in front of the Houston Astros.

It took a lot for Chicago to fall as far as they did last season. Everyone had a down year, and there were very few positives to take away.

Paul Konerko had a very rough year, hitting .244 with just 12 homeruns. His days as one of the league's top first baseman are far from over, and he's now enter what could be his final season.

Adam Dunn struck out a lot, as did Alejandro De Aza. But on the bright side, both provided the power to make up for it. De Aza has been drawing some interest from teams and the White Sox could decide to move him if the price is right.

Looking at Chicago's depth chart, I can't call this a team that is better than the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals, but it's hard to say that there isn't talent.

The White Sox signed Cuban slugger Jose Abreu during the winter and that kid is going to be very good.

Alexi Ramirez and Gordon Beckham are a decent double play combo up the middle, and both could find themselves in a different infield if traded. I know that the White Sox have been watching Francisco Cervelli, and they have infield depth they could send to the Yankees.

Bringing in Adam Eaton from the Arizona Diamondbacks was a nice addition to their outfield. He's not an all-star outfielder, but can bring some useful skills to that lineup.

Their starting rotation is probably the weakest part of their roster. Chris Sale is the leader of that pitching staff, but since trading away Jake Peavy at the deadline last summer, he is essentially the only big arm they have in the rotation.

Ronald Belisario could be a good add to the bullpen, but he is pretty unpredictable, so it's hard to guess how his signing will workout.

Yankees fans won't get a chance to watch the White Sox play until the Bombers head to Chicago for a four-game series in late-May. By then, they might already be eliminated from playoff contention.


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