There’s no doubt each member of the 2005 World Series Champion Chicago White Sox will always have a special place in the hearts of White Sox fans. From role players to major playoff contributors, the guys who played for the South Siders in 2005 are still loved in the Windy City. However, with A.J. Pierzynski leaving the White Sox this offseason, Paul Konerko is the last player remaining on the Sox from their historic World Series Champions squad.
With former White Sox hurler Jon Garland recently being released by the Seattle Mariners, and now reportedly being signed by the Colorado Rockies, did the Sox miss out on a key opportunity to bring back another member of their 2005 team?
With John Danks headed to the DL, I think the White Sox should have definitely considered this move. Garland would have given the Sox a safety blanket if Dylan Axelrod were to falter when filling in for the injured Danks. Although Garland has struggled since his back-to-back 18 win seasons in 2005 and 2006, coming back to his old stomping grounds could have given the 33-year-old pitcher a much needed kick start.
The White Sox have also shown a tendency in the past to bring back former pitchers. Both Freddy Garcia and Bartolo Colon were given second chances on the South Side in recent years.
How likely is it that the White Sox and Garland could have actually reached a deal? With the chance he’d have to take a role in the Sox bullpen or at the minor-league level, it would have been a long shot for Garland to return to Chicago. That being said, I believe it was in the White Sox best interest to at least reach out to their former starter and see if the two sides could have gotten something done.