Thursday, March 6, 2008

MLB Previews: Chicago White Sox

Chicago White Sox Last season: 72-90, .444, 24 GB in AL Central 2008 Outlook: The Sox finished last in the AL in runs (693) and batting average (.246) in 2007 but did little to improve on those numbers. World Champions in 2005, the Sox have deteriorated badly the past two seasons. Manager Ozzie Guillen will be fighting for his job in 2008. Biggest Changes: Orlando Cabrera replaces Scott Podsednik at the top of the lineup. Carlos Quentin and Nick Swisher will get plenty of time in the outfield or as DH. Relievers Octavio Dotel and Scott Linebrink were paid handsomely to shore up the bullpen. Jon Garland was traded away, as well. Rookie/Free Agent Prospects: Josh Fields may take over full time at third base, depending on how well Joe Crede recovers from back surgery. Danny Richar may be the starting second baseman, but he's very unproven. Best fantasy bets: Jim Thome and Paul Konerko are the 3-4 hitters and should both knock 35. Jermaine Dye is the best all-around position player and could be valuable in the outfield. There aren't any pitchers worth recommending as the bullpen is still shaky. Three Excellent Links: Eight Men Out, movie about the Black Sox scandal Chicago Sun-Times Sports Lou Malnati's Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizzerias Next: Kansas City Royals

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