The White Sox didn’t do much this off-season. The stayed pretty much as is, well except for one small piece. They signed man beast Adam Dunn to a contract this off-season and he is likely to his 45 – 50 home runs in that lineup. The lineup already includes some good pieces, especially if Carlos Quentin and Gordon Beckham can stay consistent and healthy. The have a great middle of the order with (in no particular order) Quentin, Dunn, Konerko and Rios. That makes for an itchy situation for most pitchers that have to face them. They have veteran speedster Juan Pierre and up and coming (full of that word potential) Alexei Ramirez and a new face at third base. Brent Morel has only played in 21 major league games, but in those games has 15 hits and 6 of them were for extra bases – 3 doubles and 3 home runs. If you use those numbers over a season he would have hit 23 home runs in his first season. Look for him to do very well this year and be a candidate for Rookie of the Year in the AL. Their rotation has remained untouched and will include Mark Buerle, Gavin Floyd, John Danks, Jake Peavy and Edwin Jackson. Peavy is the wild card in the equation and if he returns to even 80% of his former self, he will be the best #4 starter in all of baseball.
The White Sox will be good this year and will battle with the Twins for the top spot in the division and in this Average Joe’s opinion, will win the AL Central in 2011.