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Chicago White Sox Slugger Jose Abreu Continues to Quiet His Critics

May 15th, 2014 at 6:33 PM
By Nicholas Kapetan

Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu has taken the baseball world by storm. The Player and Rookie of the month for April, Abreu has hit the ground running while playing in a new country against the most elite competition in the world.

Editorials have been written over the past few weeks praising the Sox for signing what could be the steal of the decade. General manager Rick Hahn and owner Jerry Reinsdorf have been patted on the back for landing a superstar, in this day of age of free agency, for a measly sum of 68 million dollars. Everybody is gushing over the Sox ability to pull this off. This admiration has not always been there though. Back in October when the deal was done, people that are now praising the decision, were some of its harshest critics.

When the White Sox signed the Cuban slugger this offseason the biggest concern regarded his transition to playing major league baseball. While the Cuban baseball league has produced Yasiel Puig and Yoenis Cespedes, it is still considered worse than the minor leagues in the states. Some people have even labeled it as similar competition as high school ball in America. Whatever people compare it to, baseball in Cuba is not at the same level as it is in major league baseball.

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If Chicago White Sox Remain Close, Could They Be Active at Trade Deadline?

May 7th, 2014 at 11:15 AM
By Nicholas Kapetan

Standings in early May mean very little when it comes to the July 31st trade deadline. A team could get off to a hot start, than fall flat on their face due to injuries or players coming back down to earth. Through the first 35 games of the season, the Chicago White Sox are 18-17, but only three games out of first place in a decrepit American League Central.

In a rebuilding season, contending for any significant period time should be seen as an accomplishment. Especially a team like the White Sox who have overcome a dismal bullpen and a plethora of injuries, being relatively close to the top of the division after a month should be seen as a success. What would happen though if this success continues? What if the White Sox found themselves in playoff contention at the end of July when teams start reeling and dealing players?

Most fans would say that the Sox should go for it. The organization has not made the playoffs since their early departure from the postseason in 2008. In Paul Konerko’s last season on the Southside, fans would love to at least Paulie a chance to finish on top. While October baseball would be outstanding for the franchise, the risk that going for it would have on the future is just too high.

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The Chicago White Sox Trade Sergio Santos in Step One of the 2012 Rebuilding Process

December 6th, 2011 at 6:30 PM
By Steve Tonsul

It was widely known that the Chicago White Sox were going to make moves during the MLB winter meetings but whether they were attempting to rebuild was unclear. Today, GM Kenny Williams showed his cards as he traded White Sox closer Sergio Santos to the Toronto Blue Jays for pitching prospect Nestor Molina. Williams then told reporters what most Chicago White Sox fan didn't want to hear.

“It is the start of a rebuilding,” Kenny Williams said. “You guys know I have not used that word in 12 years. It's the start of a rebuilding now. Is it the start of a falling-domino-type rebuilding? No. Absolutely not.”


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The rebuilding process has officially begun and Santos is the first to go. There is a very good feeling out there that Matt Thornton, Carlos Quentin, John Danks and Gavin Floyd will be following Sergio out out of town very shortly. 

Sergio Santo started 2011 as a reliever but was given an opportunity to close after Thornton blew four straight saves in April. Sergio recorded his six save in a row on May 17 and took over as the White Sox number one closer. 

Santos ended the season with 30 saves, 92 strikeouts and a 3.55 ERA. However, there was criticized after he blew two crucial late season games to the Detroit Tigers. At the time the White Sox were in a tight race for the division crown and seemed to crumble with those losses. 

The 28-year-old right-hander has a lot of upside considering how well he did in his first year as a closer. Santos showed that he can overpower hitters with his fastball and catch them off guard with the off-speed stuff. 

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The Chicago White Sox are Ready to Trade Big Names

December 1st, 2011 at 9:01 PM
By Steve Tonsul

As the MLB winter meetings approaching, the Chicago White Sox seem to be the most willing to trade away big names and free up some money. They have so many players on their roster with big contracts which is essentially dead money and is hurting future of the club. The White Sox are said to be more active in the business of getting rid of players than adding them.

 The big contracts that are holding the Chicago White Sox down are from Adam Dunn, Jake Peavy and Alex Rios. Dunn and his strikeouts are owed $44 million through the 2014 season. Jake Peavy and his injuries are owed $22 million plus either a club option or buy out through the 2014 season. Alex Rios inconsistent bat is owed $38 million through the 2014 season. 

That is over $100 million that is acting like a anchor on the ball club through the 2014 season. The only good game play is to try to move some things around. There are four Chicago White Sox that are prime to move this off-season; Carlos Quentin, Gavin Floyd, John Danks and Matt Thornton.

If you need a big bat, come and get it. Quentin was an All-Star in 2011 and is a big time run producer. There aren't too many big bats out there this year that are open for trades. Sure you've got free agents like Pujols and Fielder but unless you have the right money and location, you'll never touch them. With Quentin you can give up what you already have and instantly improve your ball club.

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