Poll: Are the White Sox done making moves?


Aug 12, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Chicago White Sox catcher Tyler Flowers (21) looks to the dugout between plays against the San Francisco Giants during the fourth inning at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

To answer the question in the headline if the Chicago White Sox are done making moves … no they are not.

While the team should be able to contend as is, it could use some additions in regards to depth. Looking at the current bench, it is not very good.

Right now the backup catcher is Rob Brantly. From the rumors online, the Sox seem interested in Houston Astros catcher Jason Castro. Now just because they are interested in Castro doesn’t mean that a trade to bring Castro to Chicago wouldn’t cost them Tyler Flowers. Nor does it mean catcher is a main priority right now.

The infield depth is a major problem, outside of first base.

Since they have limited experience coming off the bench, it is likely the Sox will have to explore external options. The big question is what type of player would they target?

It would have to be a player that could not only be able to play the infield, but some outfield spots as well. One injury to a player such as third baseman Conor Gillaspie or shortstop Alexei Ramirez and the Sox could find themselves in a serious bind.

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That’s why it is key to find a player that is at least MLB quality at multiple positions, especially the left side.

Outfield is a problem as well. While after the Melky Cabrera signing, it looks as though Dayan Viciedo is on his way out the door on the South Side. If the Sox can find a taker, they should jump at the chance, but only for equal value.

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Viciedo may have a place on the Sox as a fifth outfielder or designated hitter, but only as a platoon player. For this role, someone who can play all three outfield positions is ideal.

The pitching staff could use one more addition as well. While it would be tough to add a starter (on a MLB deal), the bullpen could use a right-handed arm. More than likely, it will come in the form of a trade or a minor league free agent (see Brad Penny).

Outside of a move or two, the 2015 Opening Day roster is pretty much set. I will admit a lot of these moves surprised me. However, renewed interest of Sox fans and increased ticket sales made this all possible.

This offseason, chairman Jerry Reinsdorf pushed all the chips to the center of the table. It could be a very fun season on the South Side. Enjoy the ride.