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!
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!
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!!!!
My last entry was July 11! That’s absurd. A fresh start as we head into the hot stove league!
Adam Dunn was signed yesterday, as was A.J. Put Paulie’s name on a new three year deal and all will be right with the offensive/fielding components of the Sox heading into 2011. Ozzie & Kenny both know how strong the Twinkies are and see the Tigers doing anything but standing pat. Glad to see that they are making a strong move to compete this coming season.
One caveat on that comment, Adam must, I repeat MUST leave his glove in D.C. Dude’s a very good left handed bat, but he’s a butcher in the field.
With Morel taking over for Teahen at third and Dayan waiting in the wings behind Paulie, as well as Jared Mitchell and Jordan Danks in the OF things are looking good right about now.
Next thing up is the bullpen. Gotta put together almost an entirely new crew for 2011. Thornton, Pena, and perhaps Sale are all we have available to us right now that I have any confidence in. Still wondering whether we will let Sale start the season in Charlotte and allow him to stretch into a starter.
Still and all with Adam and A.J. in the fold its a strong start to the offseason.
The Sox have turned inconsistency into consistency. The strength of the team that we projected in February – the starting pitching – has come through with extraordinary efforts. Even Freddy Garcia is pitching well. Combined with timely hitting from Andruw Jones, Alex Rios, and Konerko, the team is doing incredibly well. And this is occuring all while their offensive wunderkind Beckham & Quentin are scuffling.
I refuse to look beyond the next game, but this is certainly making for an entertaining June.
On a side note, I quietly mutter about the lack of attention that the Sox receive relative to their northside brethren. But when that attention revolves around the insanity of Carlos Zambrano, I am more than happy to sit quietly and continue to pile up wins.
LETS GO SOX!
The Sox beat the Tigers this afternoon with strong outings from Freddy Garcia, J.J. Putz and “gulp” the offensive combination of Juan Pierre, Alexei Ramirez, and Carlos Quentin.
One of the defining features of a not so good team is lack of consistency, and the Sox this year have certainly shown themselves to be inconsistent.
That said, it’s still May, and we are still within ten games of the Twins. If, if, IF we can get some consistent play from Juan, Alexei, and Carlos to match up with the play we have seen so far this year from Rios, Andruw, and Paulie….this could still be a team that wins the division.
We cannot, however, afford to keep digging a deeper hole. CAN NOT!
But Jake Peavy just had his second EXTREMELY strong outing in a row…..and Konerko, (my new best friend) Andruw Jones, and Rios are hitting the ball very, very well.
Let’s make something out of this boys!
P.S. – Small ball be damned; Paul Konerko leads the majors in home runs.