Season Outlook: Chicago White Sox

Projected 2017 Starting Lineup:

  1. Tim Anderson – Shortstop
  2. Brett Lawrie – 2nd baseman
  3. Melky Cabrera – Left Fielder
  4. Jose Abreu – 1st baseman
  5. Todd Frazier – 3rd baseman
  6. Avisail Garcia – Right Fielder
  7. Cody Asche – Designated Hitter
  8. Geovany Soto – Catcher
  9. Charlie Tilson – Center Fielder

Projected 2017 Starting Rotation:

  1. Jose Quintana
  2. Miguel Gonzalez
  3. Carlos Rodon
  4. James Shields
  5. Derek Holland

Season Outlook:

The rebuilding is finally underway for the Chicago White Sox after they traded star pitcher Chris Sale and starting center fielder Adam Eaton this offseason. Chicago made their team worse for 2017, but they acquired some outstanding young prospects that will help them long-term. Jose Abreu will carry the offense for the most part and he is probably the future of the franchise for the White Sox. However, he isn’t the only good offensive player for the White Sox as they still have Todd Frazier and Melky Cabrera in the middle of their lineup. Chicago has big needs at a few spots in their lineup like at shortstop, catcher, designated hitter, and center fielder. However, if Abreu, Frazier, and Cabrera don’t produce consistently then their offense could be terrible. Chicago’s starting rotation obviously isn’t as good after they traded Chris Sale. However, Jose Quintana is still a very good starting pitcher and the starting rotation looks average overall. James Shields, Carlos Rodon, and Derek Holland all could be good starting pitchers, but they just can’t be counted on to be consistent. Chicago’s bullpen doesn’t look great except for closer David Robertson and I bet that he will be traded at some point this season. Todd Frazier, Melky Cabrera, and James Shields could also be traded in 2017 and that would make this team really terrible. The White Sox starting rotation seems like their best hope to be able to compete in 2017, but it is still highly unlikely as they have a clear direction to rebuild now.

Prediction: 4th place in the AL Central



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