Is This the Time to Experiment?

By Joe Tichy

The Chicago White Sox don’t seem to have much to say during this free agency period.  Not that they ever have been open about their business, but it seems extra quiet on the South Side as we enter free agency.

The only information being leaked is who is interested in Mark Buehrle and the White Sox don’t seem to be in that conversation.  This “experimentation” period won’t suit Sox fans well.  After going “all in” last year and finishing four games under .500, this team really needs to figure itself out.  If they want to go all young, fine.  If they want to keep a mix of young and old, that’s fine as well.  That would be my preference.  There are movable pieces such as Carlos Quentin and Gavin Floyd.  Adam Dunn and Alex Rios really need to rebound before they have angry mobs at their doors.

If Buehrle is moved, do they really expect Chris Sale to fill his shoes?  Sale has never started a game in his major league career or ever gone more than three innings in relief.  Don’t get me wrong, the kid can pitch…in relief appearances.  I’m not quite sure I want to see him in the rotation with the injury-prone Jake Peavy and whatever other pitchers they may have.  While valuable trade bait, it is in the White Sox’s best interest to keep John Danks.

The whole coaching staff with no coaching experience with the exception of Harold Baines and Don Cooper still puzzles me, too.  I will give all of them a fair chance of course because I have nothing to form an opinion from other than their playing days.  The future White Sox roster may not even be determined until partway through the season.

“We’ve got to exhaust ourselves to make sure that if we end up making a deal or we stay the course and try to add to it, that we know exactly what we are getting ourselves into.  Do we have an idea where we are?  Yes, and it’s a little bit less than what we had last year,” Williams told the media earlier this week.

I’d like to think Kenny Williams has an idea of whom he is dealing and/or willing to deal entering the general manager meetings in Milwaukee this week.  He’s been there before, though.  So at least we have that going for us.

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