YOUR 2009 WHITE SOX
Baseball Reflections asked me to write a guest column on the White Sox’ offseason, as well as give a look ahead to 2009. Here is an excerpt.
2008 was an odd year in the AL Central. A lot of people–this commentator included– thought that the Tigers had the division won before pitchers and catchers even reported to camp. Oops. They ended up in last place. And while it took an extra game, the Chicago White Sox were your AL Central champs. Cue the cliche: that’s why they play the games.
But even though the Sox made the postseason, White Sox GM Ken Williams still made significant changes to the team during the offseason. He sent Javy Vazquez & Boone Logan to the Braves for Tyler Flowers, Brent Lillibridge and 2 other prospects. He also dealt Nick Swisher to the Yanks for Wilson Betemit, Jeff Marquez and Jhonny Nunez. The trades were kind of like the White Sox own ‘stimulus package’. It stimulated their farm system, saved themselves $40+ million and got rid of 3 players that neither Sox fans nor manager Ozzie Guillen seemed to like.
Read the rest of my column on the White Sox over at Baseball Reflections.