The Chicago White Sox have a new look for the 2014 season. They have added some young talent to go along with the wise veterans that are returning. There is one question that White Sox fans are asking: will the White Sox be able to keep up with the Detroit Tigers? I believe that the answer is yes.
One key reason for this is how the Tigers shaped their offseason. I believe that they have gotten worse and the White Sox will be able to gain some ground on them. The Tigers made some trades that might impact their success within the division.
The Tigers traded away Prince Fielder to the Texas Rangers in exchange for Ian Kinsler. This makes the Tigers worse because they got rid of a guy who can hit behind Miguel Cabrera, forcing pitchers to throw Cabby pitches. Even though Kinsler has a lot of power for a second baseman, he doesn’t have the type of power that Fielder has.
They also traded away Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for three players that won’t make as much of an impact as Fister did. Fister was a solid and reliable number three starter and the Tigers trading him away just didn’t make any sense.
There are three main newcomers that the Sox added to the roster, giving Chicago hope. Jose Abreu is a 27-year-old first baseman from Cuba who signed a six year, $68 million contract with the White Sox in the offseason. He has extraordinary power and he can be the middle of the order type hitter that the Sox are looking for.
Another addition to the team is 25-year-old outfielder Adam Eaton. Eaton was acquired in a three-team trade involving the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Angels. He is a center fielder who will bring youth and speed to a team that didn’t have any of that last year. He is also scheduled to be their potential leadoff hitter and the way he plays the game, he is a prototypical leadoff man.
Matt Davidson was acquired in the offseason in a trade with the Diamondbacks. Davidson was traded to the White Sox in exchange for former White Sox closer Addison Reed. Davidson is a 22-year-old third baseman who will turn 23 on March 26. He is a power hitting third baseman who has the ability to be the Sox’ every day third baseman for a long time. Third base is also a position the Sox need to improve on after experimenting with Conor Gillaspie and Jeff Keppinger the last two years.
The White Sox also still have Chris Sale at the top of the rotation. He is the ace of the staff and one of the top pitchers in all of baseball, and there aren’t many aces that are lefties. They also have Jose Quintana, who is one of the up and coming starters in the game today, and John Danks who is a reliable starter in the rotation.
With these three acquisitions and the Tigers getting worse with their trades, the White Sox will improve and contend for the division this year. Yes, there is the factor of everyone staying healthy, but you can say that about any team. If everything is right in place, the White Sox can make some noise this year.