Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox. Fresh off their World Series win there are now 29 other teams that should be focusing on nothing else but knocking them off their perch these days. And the first chance clubs will have to make themselves better starts next week. That is when a slew of talented free agents hit the open market and can sign with the team of their choosing.
But White Sox GM Rich Hahn was sort of first to the party. The former Michigan Wolverine signed Jose Abreu last week to a six-year, $68 million deal to play first base for the club going forward. Not a bad start, but the club still has plenty of others holes to fill. Sadly, they might not have the budget to get all the big names fans seek.
One guy the team is interested in and fits a need is Curtis Granderson. The Yankee centerfielder played in just 61 games last season while battling injuries, but did post a respectable .723 OPS. At 32, one might hope that the Sox get a hometown discount in return for the lefty being able to finish his career relatively close to where he grew up (Lynwood). If the price gets too high, look for the Sox to again let De Aza roam between Garcia and Viciedo.
The most glaring need the White Sox have heading into next season is at third base. Last years’ signing of Jeff Keppinger was a disaster and sadly this year’s crop of guys at the hot corner doesn’t look much better. (Mark De Rosa, anyone?) That might leave Connor Gillaspie and his .245 average as your starter come Opening Day. Another option could be to trade one of the young arms the team has stockpiled. Rumors last year were that a guy like Will Middlebrooks could be had for the right price.
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