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Mike DePilla follows the White Sox on their quest for truth, justice and another championship


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It's Not Smallball, It's Baseball


It’s not early. It’s not cold. The Sox just aren’t hitting.
 
Ozzieball (or Smallball) is the misnomer of the Century, perhaps even passing “Big Game Freddy.” The truth is there is nothing “smallball” about this team. They are second from last in the American League in stolen bases (10), second to last in runs scored (99) and last in majors with a .221 team batting average, eight points behind the powerhouse Washington Nationals.
 
When Chris Snelling’s team is leading yours in offensive categories, it’s time to acknowledge a serious problem. At this point, it’s not smallball we’re looking for, it’s baseball.
 
The Sox...more






Odds, Sods and Sox


Some observations from the opening series at the Cell:
 
-When the Sox say they want seven innings from their starting pitchers, they mean per game. Not per series.
 
-It would be hyperbole to say Nick Masset saved the Sox season with his 4.2 inning, one run emergency performance, but not by that much.
 
-David Aardsma pitched exactly the way power pitchers should: going right after hitters, attacking the zone with his heater and using his crisp slider secondary. Striking out the side with the bases loaded in the eighth inning then striking out the first two batters of the ninth Wednesday was as...more






Haeger The Not-So-Horrible


The Sox finished their Cactus League spring with a 9-21 record, worst in the majors. Their five starting pitchers combined for a 7.27 ERA in 99 innings, members of the bullpen suffered losses in velocity and catcher Toby Hall, arguably the team’s biggest acquisition in the winter, may be out for the whole season.
 
While it is true that spring stats and wins/losses don’t mean much more than a Carlos Zambrano World Series promise, spring decisions do mean a lot, and can drastically alter the course of a season. Though the Sox are a veteran team, with most of its positions...more


An Angel in the Infield?


It’s never too early to think about next year. Even when this one hasn’t yet started. No, I’m not writing off the 2007 season, but this LA Times article about the Angels shortstop situation got my wheels turning about the 2008 White Sox. Writer Bill Shaikin speculates that the Angels could be in the market for Alex Rodriguez, and considers the ramifications of A-Rod coming to LA.
 
“If the Angels get , Cabrera could be the odd man out. The Angels have moved top prospect Brandon Wood from shortstop to third base this spring, so they could play Rodriguez...more


Back in the Swing 2


After putting Sox fans and players alike on notice another starting pitcher was likely to be traded with his “We’re still open for business” comment, Ken Williams opened the door to a new round of speculation.
 
Who would be dealt? Mark Buehrle, in the last year of his contract, to his hometown Cardinals? Javier Vazquez, highly-coveted by Omar Minaya, to the pitching-starved Mets? Jon Garland, who was a hair away from being an Astro just weeks ago, to the highest bidder? Whoever it would be, rest assured young ace-in-waiting Brandon McCarthy was here for the long haul.
 
December 23: Sox send Brandon...more




Back In the Swing


Yes, it’s been awhile since you heard from your White Sox reporter here at the Daily News. But if Sox fans can wait 88 years for a World Championship, then the 90-day wait between Sox articles is kids’ stuff.
 
In any case, winter has thawed and rotator cuffs everywhere are all the worse for it. The off-season, while lacking a blockbuster acquisition, was an interesting and busy one for the Sox. Here’s a the first of a two-part run down of the moves Trader Kenny made...more

Love Me Non-Tender


Ah the non-tender deadline. One of this country’s truly most underappreciated events when the mediocre-ist of the mediocre lose their spots on the 40-man roster. Brings a tear to my eye.
 
Of the 28 players non-tendered in the majors (the Sox had one by the way: minor league pitcher Eduardo Sierra), here are five that might interest Ken Williams and company. None of these players, save maybe Marcus Giles, are worth any kind of bidding war. Just attach the phrase “If the price is right...” before...more

Just to be clear...


My stance, one more time: The White Sox still need to improve one of LF, CF or SS and add one more relief pitcher to consider this off-season a success.
 
So far they have done none of these things, but there is still plenty of time and resources to make it happen. Going into 2007 with essentially the same team as last year won’t cut it.
 
Also, the team has to invest...more

Please, some perspective


In the aftermath of the Freddy Garcia trade, the Tribune’s analysis was predictably superficial, short-sighted and negative. Good to see the Tribsters still don’t let facts get in the way of a good Sox hatchet job. First, Phil Rogers writes that Jerry Reinsdorf and Ken Williams’ arrogance and childishness will ignite a cheap, White Flag-esque purge of all the Sox starting pitchers.
 
Based on very little evidence, Rogers believes “between now and Opening Day 2009, the Sox either will trade or lose to free agency...more

Freddy's Off to Philly


After the first few days of the Winter Meetings, the biggest news Ken Williams brought home to Chicago was the re-signing of Scott Podsednik (this doesn’t mean he’s your starting left fielder come April!) and Pablo Ozuna.
 
Finally, after more than a month of posturing, Williams made his first big move of the off season, dealing Freddy Garcia to the Phillies for struggling starter Gavin Floyd and former Sox prospect Gio Gonzalez. Everyone knew, despite Williams’ denials, that Garcia was going to be traded this winter....more

Slow News Month Heats Up


Uber-aggressive Ken Williams is still the GM of the White Sox, right? Amid the league-wide rash of free agent signings and trade talk, the White Sox have had been quieter in November than Michael Sweetney, and the only stories that have come out have been odd mysteries centered on overseas extortion, miscommunication and illness.
 
Something baseball-related would be nice.
 
Let’s see, Juan Uribe was accused and later acquitted in a bizarre Dominican...more

Sox Ship Cotts Across Town


Ken Williams kicked off the Sox off season re-tooling today with the somewhat puzzling trade of reliever Neal Cotts to the Cubs for reliever David Aardsma and minor league lefty Carlos Vasquez.
 
The last time the Sox traded a smoke-and-mirrors relief pitcher across town, the Cubs gift-wrapped a former number one pick who had fallen out of favor in the organization. That fallen prospect was Jon Garland. If this cross-town trade goes anything like that one, we have a winner on our hands.
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Kitty Litter


Those lousy Tigers. First they steal the AL Central away from the Sox. Then they all but eliminate the Sox from the playoffs by winning two of three at the Cell in late September. Then they cough up the AL’s World Series streak with an embarrassing, error-filled let down. Now, as if all that wasn’t enough, they may mangle the Sox off season plans.
 
Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know by now that the Sox top priority this winter is to trade one of...more

Out at Third, Safe in the Dugout


Shine on you crazy diamond -- coach. Following (part of) the advice I laid out last week, the White Sox 'benched' Joey Cora and promoted rising star and erstwhile Triple-A Charlotte manager Razor Shines to third base coach.

Cora, considered a manager-in-the-making by some, is clearly Ozzie Guillen's go to guy, and admitted to being spread too thin last year coaching third amid all his other responsibilities. He will have more input with Guillen and the players, and a greater chance to test his managing mettle, sitting in the dugout as the bench coach.

The 49-year-old...more

Lead Off Rumblings


San Diego Padres free agent outfielder Dave Roberts, coming off his best pro season, has proclaimed himself a good fit for the White Sox. Well, it's his agent, John Boggs, that's doing all the talking. Boggs is making noise about Roberts signing with the Sox, but it's not clear the Sox are as interested as Boggs is.

At 34, Roberts is reaching the age when teams become worried about speedsters dropping off. But as Kenny Lofton and Ricky Henderson have shown, age doesn't automatically curtail a leadoff hitter's abilities. If you've got the smarts, speed and skills (bunting,...more