Season Roster Preview starts with an in-depth analysis of the projected Chicago White Sox starting pitchers that will be on the 26-man roster March 26, Opening Day.
With pitchers and catchers reporting to spring camp in less than a month, the starting rotation seems to be full of depth and youth, something that couldn’t be said about the Chicago White Sox rotations over the past few years.
Another major difference separating this year’s rotation to the ones in previous years is the addition of high-profile free-agent starting pitchers. Mat Latos was signed in the 2015 offseason, then the next notable signing was Bartolo Colon back in 2008. These two signings pale in comparison to the impact this lefty is expected to make on this deep and young starting rotation.
Another key detail in this signing is the fact that he is a Scott Boras client. The White Sox front office has always had difficulty seeing eye to eye with Boras. But fortunately, this offseason they finally agreed to a deal marking a key milestone in the organization’s history.
Include a reunion with a strong starting pitcher, this lefty brings even more depth to an already deep rotation. The upgrades that were made propelled the White Sox to finally be involved in the conversation along with the contenders. For a team that is not expected to contend for another year or two, that is tremendous.
But for this team to press fast-forward on those two years, all pieces need to click together. From the proven veterans to the unproven but highly anticipated prospects. Some need to draw off of their previous success and replicate it and others need to have a short memory, adjust, and create new success.