An article by CSN Chicago really caught my attention in how the Chicago White Sox are already preparing for the 2015 season, and a top target on their “wish list” isn’t a surprise.
The article I’m talking about was posted on CSN Chicago with the headline: “Strikeout reliever will be near top of White Sox 2015 wish list,” and though it isn’t a secret, it was finally good to see the White Sox talk about how they need to improve for ’15.
In the article by Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago it says:
“One advantage Hahn has when designing next season’s roster is he already knows he won’t have Jones, who is expected to miss 12-to-18 months after he had reconstructive elbow surgery last Tuesday. And as Ventura has found out, the loss of Jones has been a significant obstacle to overcome for the White Sox.”
The White Sox are going to have to do more than get one “live arm,” in the bullpen to become a better team in ’15 if they want to compete with the Detroit Tigers for the AL Central title.
The Tigers have the past three Cy Young award winners in their starting rotation, while they will also be looking to make their bullpen better this offseason, as that is also a weakness they have, but are still in first place in the AL Central.
This offseason could be very exciting to watch just to see whom the White Sox end up with to help of of the worst bullpens in all of baseball.
As for this current season, the White Sox are 5.0 games back of the second AL Wild Card spot which is held by the Toronto Blue Jays. The first team in the AL Wild Card race is the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim who hold an eight-game lead over the Blue Jays.
Also ahead of the White Sox in the Wild Card race (before games on Tuesday) are the New York Yankees, Kansas City Royals, Seattle Mariners and the Cleveland Indians, with the Indians 2.5 games ahead of the White Sox.
Though I think it will be very tough for the White Sox to get the second AL Wild Card spot, it will be interesting to see how close they can get to securing the final postseason spot in the AL.
In other White Sox news:
• The Chicago Sun-Times wrote about how “improved defense” has helped the White Sox.
• X-Rays were negative on Avisail Garcia after being hit by a pitch in a rehab at-bat.
• Hector Noesi spoke about his outing on Monday in a Chicago Tribune video, as the White Sox won 5-3 in 7 innings.
• Jose Abreu was the AL Player and Rookie of the Month again.
• The White Sox bullpen got “the break they needed” writes ESPN Chicago.