With the 2012 season now in the books for the Chicago White Sox, it's time to look ahead to next season and what they can do to improve upon this year's unexpected success.
By now most people are aware that A.J. Pierzynski probably won't be back, and the same goes for Jake Peavy, Kevin Youkilis and possibly Gavin Floyd, but for the most part the White Sox should return the core of this year's team.
If Pierzynski and Youkilis don't return, then the White Sox certainly have question marks at catcher and third base that they will have to address.
If Peavy and Floyd don't return, then they must fill those spots in the rotation as well.
They should retain the majority of the bullpen with the possibility of a few minor adjustments. The good news is that they had several rookies contribute this season, and that only makes them stronger going into next year.
And then there's the case of the bench. There will be spots available going into next year, and there are definitely some guys on the current roster who played well enough in September to at least get another look in spring training.
The hope for the White Sox is that they take the success that they had this year and build on it in order to take the next step into the playoffs in 2013.
Here's a look at each position heading into next year.