When the 2012 Major League Baseball season ended, it finished a collapse by the Chicago White Sox. Chicago went from the brink of the American League Central title to finding themselves on the outside looking in. The team had one major free agent in catcher A.J. Pierzynski and this week, Pierzynski decided to sign with the Texas Rangers. This is a move that is going to come out and bite the White Sox next season if they want to contend for the division title.
Pierzynski had a career year in 2012 and likely wasn’t going to repeat it but he was a solid backstop for the White Sox. Chicago will turn to Tyler Flowers in 2013 to be the team’s full-time catcher who isn’t even in the same league as Pierzynski. The White Sox should have just tried to give Pierzynski a one or two-year contact while their window was still somewhat open. It appears that Chicago probably has one or two years only left until all their star players get past their peak or retire.
Baseball is a game where you have to take advantage of the few chances you get in a small window. The White Sox just slammed their own window shut by letting Pierzynski leave town. Chicago is probably a 80-85 win team in 2013 without Pierzynski and that likely won’t be enough with the Detroit Tigers in the same division. It is even possible Chicago slides all the way down to fourth place with the Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians being better teams than they were when 2012 ended. The White Sox will pay for this one in more ways than one.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.