Jul 26, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist (18) reacts after he hit a solo home run during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
One of the few uncertainties for the Chicago White Sox this offseason is what they will do at second base. This past week we’ve spoken about possibilities for the White Sox in Stephen Drew or Ben Zobrist, and others are wondering the same thing.
Over at CBS Chicago Bruce Levine said Zobrist is a good fit for either the White Sox or the Chicago Cubs, and that is an assessment I can’t disagree with, though I’d rather see Zobrist end up with the White Sox rather than the Cubs in ’15.
In the article by Levine it says:
"“The offensive numbers are just a small byproduct of this mentally tough player. Zobrist can play four or five positions with the same efficient results. This makes him the focal point of a manager’s aggressive late-game moves.”"
I believe Zobrist could make a good difference in the lineup (.272 BA/52 RBIs), especially on defense with a double play combo of him and Alexei Ramirez, but that will be mostly a wait-and-see deal for the White Sox if a trade were ever to happen.
With that said, like I’ve said earlier this week, what about the White Sox just grooming a young guy in Carlos Sanchez or even Micah Johnson and putting them at the bottom of the order instead of having them in Triple-A this season?
The problem with that is it could hamper their progression to becoming better baseball players at the MLB level, but keeping them in Triple-A would take away from either of them gaining valuable experience in the majors already.
It is a tough decision for those in charge of the “win now” White Sox.
Another aspect of the White Sox to wonder about was ESPN Chicago looking back at the ’14 White Sox are we rang in the new year.
In an article by Doug Padilla he said the No. 1 worst moment for the White Sox last season was the relief pitching of the White Sox. That I can’t disagree with, but in ’15 the revamped bullpen could become a strength of the Good Guys.
The ESPN Chicago article said:
"“Ronald Belisario was no answer for the late innings, and everybody else asked to enter a game from the White Sox’s bullpen was rarely pitching in their proper role. How bad was it in relief in 2014? The White Sox lost 43 games after holding a lead.”"
Either way seeing what the White Sox do at second base this offseason, and ooking at another move or two to a possible complete fix to the bullpen will finish setting the tone to what has been a great offseason thus far.
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