The Chicago White Sox came up short in 2012. To ensure that it doesn’t happen again in 2013, they’ll need to play the free-agent market right this offseason.
One area that must improve is starting pitching. As a team, the Sox posted an ERA of 4.02 in 2012. At 19th-best in the MLB, that was simply not good enough.
Signing Jake Peavy to a two-year extension, which the Sox did at the end of October, is a fantastic start. There's still work to be done to fill out the starting rotation, however, and there are free agents available to do so.
Here’s a speculative look at four free agent starters that could complement Peavy in Chicago’s rotation in 2013.