Tuesday, February 19, 2008

'08 RAPs: Chicago White Sox

The Sox had a very difficult 2007 season. I, myself, picked them to win the Central last year, only to see them finish only three games ahead of the last place Royals. However, Kenny Williams has tries, somewhat, to better his team for 2008.
Here's a list of some of his offseason moves:
  • Acquired SS Orlando Cabrera for pitcher Jon Garland.
  • Acquired OF Carlos Quentin for 1B Chris Carter.
  • Signed pither Octavio Dotel to a 2-year deal.
  • Signed Cuban OF Alexei Ramirez to a 4-year deal.
Here's the team outlook for '08 so far:
Rotation and Pen:
SP1: Mark Buehrle
SP2: Javier Vazquez
SP3: Jose Contreras
SP4: Johnny Danks
SP5: Gavin Floyd
CL: Bobby Jenks
SUM: Octavio Dotel
Here's the position breakdown:
DH: Jim Thome
C: AJ Pierzynski
1B: Paul Konerko
2B: Juan Uribe/Danny Richar
SS: Orlando Cabrera
3B: Joe Crede/Josh Fields
LF: Carlos Quentin/Alexei Ramirez/Jerry Owens
CF: Nick Swisher
RF: Jermaine Dye
Easiest: The Sox will be worse than last year
Boldest: The Sox will finish dead last and Ozzie Guillen will be fired
Team MVP: Nick Swisher
Best Season: Nick Swisher (+30 HR, 90-110 RBI)
Best Pitcher: Mark Buehrle (12-14 wins, sub-4 ERA)
Breakout Player: Alexei Ramirez (75 games, 10-12 HR, 40-50 RBI, .280 AVG)

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