Following a 73-89 showing in 2014, the Chicago White Sox do not jump out as a threat to Cleveland in next year’s division race.
Such a thought process would be selling the White Sox short, however.
Recently, I broke down the brighter-than-expected offseason outlook for the Detroit Tigers, finding even if they lose Max Scherzer and Victor Martinez, Detroit still projects as a playoff contender, especially considering the win-now nature of the organization.
The White Sox are not of the same mindset and are instead in a rebuilding phase. Yet, that rebuild could yield some interesting fruit as soon as next year with a few good breaks.
A contending White Sox team in 2015 would start at the top of the rotation, with left-handers Chris Sale and Jose Quintana forming a daunting combination for opposing lineups. In terms of fWAR, those two finished eighth and ninth in all of baseball. Even if those two come back down to Earth a bit, the White Sox have two firm building blocks. Read More…
From Indians Baseball Insider, November 1, 2014