By Demario Phipps-Smith @DemarioPSmith on June 17, 2014
Ever since a championship season in 2005, the Chicago White Sox have been in a rebuilding stage. It's not that the team hasn't been competitive; the team has been looking for an identity and a way back to that former glory. The Sox have drafted well, but the free agent acquisitions haven't been very fruitful. Here are five players who shouldn't be on the team very long.
31-year-old relief pitchers are usually brought in for depth and experience. Most times, they aren’t expected to carry a bullpen. Unfortunately, the Sox are in a position where every pitcher has to contribute, and Belisario has contributed with a 4.76 ERA.
Whenever the White Sox need a closer, they go to the farm system. They've even converted hitters in the farm system into closers. When they step outside of this tactic, it yields unimpressive results -- see Matt Lindstrom. He has been average almost everywhere he has gone. He hasn't had a terrible year in the major leagues, but he hasn't been really spectacular either.
Before Chris Sale, there was John Danks. He got the privilege of playing with a Sox staff consisting of Mark Buehrle, John Garland and Freddy Garcia, each of whom were 10 game winners. Aside from a few promising campaigns, Danks' overall work has been disappointing. It is Danks who was pictured to be the South Siders' ace in 2014 with Sale being the prospect. Somehow, it appears that the roles are reversed despite Danks being 29 years old.
Paul Konerko will go down as one of the best first basemen in Chicago’s team history. He’ll be mentioned in the same breath as “The Big Hurt” Frank Thomas. However, his skills have diminished considerably since his glory days. The 38-year-old is batting just .215 on the season and his power numbers haven’t been inspiring either. At this point in his career, he would be best served in a coaching position.
One of the most glorified designated hitters in the league is Adam Dunn. I don’t understand why, at least not anymore. Dunn is a career .240 batter and has one of the highest strikeout ratios in the major leagues throughout his career. He’s currently serving out a $ 15 million contract, which he has all but outperformed. Left-handed power is rare in the league, but a marginal talent like Dunn shouldn’t be compensated like a star.
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