The 2015 season has not started as planned for the Chicago White Sox. For a team that was widely praised for “winning the offseason”, those winter victories have not translated to as many spring victories as many predicted.
Right after Memorial Day weekend, the team sits in the cellar of the highly competitive American League Central. The offense has sputtered outside a week stretch when it seemed everyone, even Adam Eaton, was hitting the ball out of the park.
Since then, the team has gone ice cold, even managing to lose when they score nine runs like they did this past Tuesday against the Toronto Blue Jays north of the border. It is obvious something needs to change, but would a roster shake up do the trick?
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It is too early to tell, but things are moving in that direction. Right now, the answer is no, as the players are just under performing based on what we have seen from them in the past.
Big time acquisitions Melky Cabrera and Adam LaRoche have struggled compared to their career norm during their first season donning a White Sox uniform. Cabrera entered this season a career .286 hitter and he is hitting .242 entering play Sunday and on pace for his worst slugging season in his career, and it is not even close (.273 vs a career mark at .410).
LaRoche, the big left handed slugger is hitting 28 points below his career average (.263 career, .235 in pale hose) and .90 points behind his normal output at a slugging percentage (normally .469, but .379 on the Southside).
On the mound, Jeff Samardzija‘s earned run average is 1.40 points above what should be expected based on his previous seven years in the league. One would expect better out of the former University of Notre Dame star, especially with a contract on the line following the end of the baseball year.
If this team does not improve over the next month, a selling plan by General Manager Rick Hahn is most likely already in place, with Samardzija being the prime candidate to be sent off.
Since his contract will be expiring and he has been adamant on testing free agency, Sox fans should not expect a return the other team in Chicago got for his services, but a couple mid-level prospects could be in the fold from a team like the surprising Houston Astros, who have already been scouting the tall right-hander.
The time has not come yet, but if things stay as they are, expect the White Sox to be sellers in July, a far cry from what we would have thought in February.
Is it time for the Sox to start making roster moves? Who should be the first to go? Let us know in the comments!