All The Right Moves

Kenny Williams and the Sox are doing everything in their power to make a deep run into the playoffs in the 2011 season.

They signed Dunn, they resigned Konerko and AJ, they brought in some bullpen depth, they picked up Ozzie’s option, and now they’ve gone and locked up A.Ram for four years.

The only real question mark heading into the season is Peavy’s health, and with the strength that we have in the rotation without him, that is really a question that only impacts who the 5th starter will be.  Which is not to say that Peavy would be the 5th in the Sox rotation; but with Buehrle, Danks, Floyd, and E Jax, you’ve got pitchers with the talent necessary to fill the one through four spots in your rotation.

It’s February, baby!  Just a few more days until pitchers and catchers report!

Paulie’s Back

and this Sox fan could not be happier.  Even with all the crazy money being thrown around the league this winter he was signed at a price that in baseball terms is reasonable for a guy of his age and talent.

Now about the process of fixing the pen.  To that end welcome Jesse Crain.  He had a significant shoulder injury in ’07 but seems to be rebounding well.  Probably enough cash in the check book for one more like him, and then there you have it, the 2011 White Sox!

Konerko Redux

Negotiations with Paulie are dragging on longer than appears healthy.  I love Paulie, and would love to see him back at the Cell this summer, but comments made by Jerry Reinsdorf are starting to scare me.

You want to sign him, Jerry?  Great!  But not at any price!  We have other things that we have to do this winter.  We need at least two relievers, one of which is a closer.  We can’t afford to blow the budget because Jerry loves Paulie (Not that there’s anything wrong with that!)

So, much as I love him, sign one of the several other first basemen out there (D. Lee, Adam Laroche, Carlos Pena, etc) for less and get those relievers that you are going to need over the course of the year.

Then again, if Jerry wants to put a 200 million dollar roster together, who am I to complain!!!!