The Chicago White Sox had a decision to make in the off-season with their catcher position. The White Sox decided that they were going to go with Tyler Flowers as the team’s full-time catcher and that decision is one that is likely going to come back to haunt the team this season.
While Flowers could be a great player, having him as the main guy behind the plate with an aging White Sox team wasn’t the right idea.
The window for the White Sox is closing with players like Adam Dunn and Paul Konerko getting up there in age, and the team should have been in a win-now mode. The team is obviously not doing that by having Flowers be the main catcher, and should have brought back A.J. Pierzynski for at least one more season.
I really believe that Flowers can be a great player for the White Sox, but after hitting just .213 last season and only .209 the year before, where is the proof that he is going to break out this season?
There simply isn’t the track record there to make this move at this point. The White Sox should have tried to go for the World Series this season and with Konerko likely to retire after the 2013 season, the team could have begun the rebuild in 2014. The White Sox already have to fight to get fans to U.S. Cellular Field as it is in Chicago, with their crosstown rivals getting most of the attention.
This move could just make more fans think twice about supporting the White Sox, with the team in decline instead of on the rise for 2013.