5 Questions the Chicago White Sox Must Answer During Spring Training

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5 Questions the Chicago White Sox Must Answer During Spring Training

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Going into the 2013 Spring Training season there was only one big question surrounding the Chicago White Sox. Would the veteran ace or the young ace be the starter on opening day? Jake Peavy or Chris Sale; who would it be? Oh the drama! It was dramatic to a point and of course here we are one year later and Peavy is wearing different colored sox, if you’ll pardon the pun.

That isn’t the only thing that has changed for the White Sox. Alex Rios has gone elsewhere as has a promising young pitcher in Hector Santiago. With all of this change which is accompanied by more change and the comforting feeling of knowing Paul Konerko will be on the roster, what do we have going into this Spring Training? We have a metric ton of questions of course.

I can think of a dozen right now including a fun one about manager Robin Ventura who some give flack for being too calm with the players. Someone jokingly suggested that he should basically attack the first guy that messes up this season and maybe that would stop those questions. There are serious questions as well though.

The team is a great deal younger than they were one year ago but they also seem to be somewhat better. Is that true though or is it a bit of a mirage? What will the pitching staff look like? Who will close now that Addison Reed is closing the door in the desert? Those are a couple of good ones but they didn’t make the top five list you see here. Click through to find out what did.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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5 – How Will Adam Eaton Respond to Being a Starter for White Sox?

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Eaton was someone that looked to be extremely promising one year ago for the DBacks. Now that he is a member of one of the youngest teams in MLB, how will he respond? Will he emerge as one of the young leaders and have an all-star caliber season? Will he put too much pressure on himself and have a tough spring as well as start to the season?

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4 – How Soon Will Matt Davidson Start at Third Base?

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Whether or not Davidson will be the starter at third base is not the question. He is the future at third for the Sox but they constantly say future because they don’t know where he is right now. It would seem that he could perform well enough to be given the starting nod right out of the gate this season. That would add yet another very exciting component to the White Sox in 2014.

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3 – Will they Sign Another Starter?

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Because they are not going to give up a ton of money or a draft pick, the White Sox might stand still on signing another starting pitcher. They could hit the gate with the guys they have. Whether they will be able to do so successfully depends on how the men they have develop through Spring Training. Will they go with the guys they have or will they have to get a veteran in to support?

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2 – Will Adam Dunn be Traded?

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Chances are, because of the sheer number of good players that the White Sox have backing up other good players, that someone will be traded. It would also seem to be their standard to trade a good and potentially valuable trade chip like Dunn because he really won’t be needed every day. Can you really see Dunn being a bench rider? I can’t and I think they will trade him late in the spring for a decent return. We shall see.

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1 – How Will Erik Johnson Respond to Starting His First Full MLB Season?

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It seems like about as big of a guarantee as there can be that Johnson will be a starting pitcher and a good one starting this season. How will he hit the Spring Training season knowing that he has the added responsibility, pressure and honor of being on a MLB roster? Not only that but he is going to be an important member of that roster as well. How will he handle it?

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