2011 Team Payroll: $127,789,000
Estimated 2012 Team Payroll: $91,750,000
Arrivals: Kosuke Fukudome OF
Departures: Mark Buehrle SP, Juan Pierre OF, Carlos Quentin OF, Jason Frasor RB, Sergio Santos RP, Omar Vizquel SS
To say that what Chicago White Sox GM Kenny Williams did this offseason was puzzling is akin to saying that Ozzie Guillen was just a tad emotional.
Williams wasted no time in replacing Guillen with former Sox third baseman Robin Ventura, a man with absolutely no managerial experience whatsoever.
Then, there was confusion as to whether or not the White Sox were rebuilding, retooling, reworking, remaking or whatever other re's you can think of.
The trade of closer Sergio Santos to the Toronto Blue Jays seemed to indicate rebuilding, but the return on the deal was very minimal, and Santos was still under team control for four more years. Chalk up curious deal No. 1.
Then, Williams signs starter John Danks to a five-year, $65 million contract. Certainly seems odd if the team is rebuilding, right? Chalk up curious deal No. 2.
Next, Carlos Quentin is traded in exchange for two pitching prospects from the San Diego Padres, but neither of them scream "top-tier." Chalk up curious deal No. 3.
Finally, reliever Jason Frasor is dealt to the Toronto Blue Jays, netting two more pitching prospects who likely won't help out for quite a while. End of curious deals.
Analysis: It's going to be another long season on the South Side. Sox fans had better hope and pray that the Sox's bloated payroll players, Adam Dunn, Alex Rios and Jake Peavy, play up to their capabilities. Otherwise, you'll be forced to listen to Hawk Harrelson droning on all season long about nothing.