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Who Stays, And Who Goes? Pale Hose Brass To Make Some Decisions

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Sunday, July 7th, 2013

The bad 2007 season was preceded  by the 2006 season, during which the Sox won 90 games, but fell short in the AL Central behind the Twins and Tigers. 2006 was, of course, preceded by the World Series Championship 2005 season (man, a White Sox fan loves saying that. 2005). Following the aforementioned 2007 season, in 2008, the Sox won the AL Central title, but lost to the eventual AL Champ, Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS. But, the Sox haven't had any REALLY BAD teams in recent memory. 2007 was, by all accounts, not good. But, to me, a 100 loss team is a REALLY BAD team.

The bad 2007 season was preceded by the 2006 season, during which the Sox won 90 games, but fell short in the AL Central behind the Twins and Tigers. 2006 was, of course, preceded by the World Series Championship 2005 season (man, a White Sox fan loves saying that. 2005). Following the aforementioned 2007 season, in 2008, the Sox won the AL Central title, but lost to the eventual AL Champ, Tampa Bay Rays in the ALDS. But, the Sox haven’t had any REALLY BAD teams in recent memory. 2007 was, by all accounts, not good. But, to me, a 100 loss team is a REALLY BAD team.

By Brian Madsen (White Sox Correspondent): 

As I sit next to my daughters on the couch watching SpongeBob, my oldest (Abby, 9), turns to me and says, “Daddy, why aren’t you watching the White Sox?”. To which I respond, “They’re off today, they don’t have a game. They stink anyway….”

She looks at me in disgust and screams, “Daddy!! Don’t say that!!” She’s never heard me say that before. Granted, in 2007, the Sox were pretty awful, going 72-90.

But, she was 3 at the time, and didn’t really care about baseball. (Though I like to pretend she enjoys baseball now. I’m really trying to make that a reality….)

Chris Sale was selected to the AL All - star team yesterday - and for very good reason.  He is about the only untouchable player on the roster.  Despite a 5 - 8 record, which has no reflection on him, the man carries a 0.962 WHIP and a 2.78 ERA for his peripheral stats.  The club was smart enough to lock him up to a 5 YR/$32.5 MIL deal earlier this season - with a couple of Team Option that could see the team hold him through the 2019 campaign

Chris Sale was selected to the AL All – star team yesterday – and for very good reason. He is about the only untouchable player on the roster. Despite a 5 – 8 record, which has no reflection on him, the man carries a 0.962 WHIP and a 2.78 ERA for his peripheral stats. The club was smart enough to lock him up to a 5 YR/$32.5 MIL deal earlier this season – with a couple of Team Option that could see the team hold him through the 2019 campaign

Hello 2013!! As it stands today, the Sox are 34-49, and in last place in the AL Central. But, besides the departures of A.J. Pierzynski and Kevin Youkilis, this team is virtually the same as the 2012 team that won 85 games.

So, why is this 2013 team so bad? They have some nice names, on paper.

But, some of those names are aging. Paul Konerko seems to be headed toward retirement. Alex Rios has really struggled for a month now. Alejandro De Aza, while productive at the plate in the lead-off spot, has been abysmal defensively in CF.

Dayan Viciedo has regressed since his breakout season in 2012. Gordon Beckham, out with an injury for an extended period of time, has returned and has actually hit well. But, once his strong suit, his defense has been sub-par.

The once sure-handed Alexei Ramirez is among the league-leaders in errors and has only one HR. Jeff Keppinger is hitting well below his career-averages and has also been sub-par defensively. One bright spot offensively?

Believe it or not, Adam Dunn. While only hitting .205, he has 23 HR’s and 57 RBI’s, by far the team’s leader in both categories.

While hitting and defense have been porous for the Sox so far, the pitching has been consistent. Chris Sale, having another stellar season with a 2.79 ERA in 15 starts, has a record of 5-7, going to further prove the meaningless statistic of the WIN for a starter.

Jose Quintana, a mid-season call up in 2012, has continued his quality pitching in 2013. Quintana recently threw 7 scoreless innings against Baltimore on the 4th of July, yet came away with a no-decision.

As we approach the All-Star break, the question becomes, who stays and who goes? Sox GM Rick Hahn is quoted as saying that the Sox are open for business, with the exception of Chris Sale and the recently disabled Paul Konerko.

Some of the obvious desirables from the Sox roster include Jesse Crain (although he too is currently on the DL), Alex Rios, Alexei Ramirez, Gordon Beckham, Matt Lindstrom and Matt Thornton.

Jake Peavy is another player to be sought after, once he returns from the DL. He’s currently throwing bullpen sessions and his return seems imminent.

Adam Dunn has been red hot since the end of May. Maybe someone, assuming the Sox eat some major $ from his salary, would be interested in Dunn as a DH?

Will Rick Hahn parts ways with some of the Sox young talent? Jose Quintana, Addison Reed, Nate Jones and Dayan Viciedo may all have trade value, but how much?

The Sox have very little left in their minor league system to replenish the roster once trades do occur, let alone the few young and talented players they do have.

It's not if, but who do the Sox trade, and when? With the addition of the second Wild Card in both leagues, more teams feel as though they're "in it" now than ever before, leading to the potential of bidding wars for desirable players. This team is bad now, but will seemingly become even worse once the remaining talent is unloaded. Sox fans just hope they can get good value in return. It would be nice to have at least ONE minor leaguer in the Top 50 list. But, at least we'll have a high draft pick next year.

It’s not if, but who do the Sox trade, and when? With the addition of the second Wild Card in both leagues, more teams feel as though they’re “in it” now than ever before, leading to the potential of bidding wars for desirable players. This team is bad now, but will seemingly become even worse once the remaining talent is unloaded. Sox fans just hope they can get good value in return. It would be nice to have at least ONE minor leaguer in the Top 50 list. But, at least we’ll have a high draft pick next year.

*** The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com and their partners***

A big thank-you goes out to our ‘White Sox Correspondent’ Brian Madsen for preparing today’s featured article. Brian was born and raised in Chicago Heights, IL, a south suburb of Chicago. 

He attended Illinois St. University, majoring in education/teaching. Brian now lives in Joliet, IL with his wife Suzanne two daughters, Abby, 9, and Grace, 4.

He has worked at The Little Guys Home Technology for 12 years as a salesman/system designer/custom integrator. Brian is an avid White Sox, Bears, Blackhawks, and Bulls fan.   

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