Here's our early favorite for the "no, duh" moment of this article.
The Chicago White Sox made Jose Dariel Abreu their most expensive free-agent signing ever with a six-year, $68 million guarantee. They wouldn't have gone that far for the feared Cuban slugger without near certainty that his immense talents would translate to the major league level.
It's not so bold to predict that he'll succeed. FanGraphs' Dan Farnsworth agrees that the path of Abreu's swing should ensure he produces at a high level despite the culture change. That change, by the way, won't be so dramatic, as the White Sox employ fellow Cubans Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo. Their presence was a significant factor in Abreu's free-agent decision, he tells MLB.com.
Of course, he is challenged with filling enormous shoes at first base.
Paul Konerko ranks second on the franchise list in games played. He's inside the top three in home runs, hits and plate appearances.
It isn't clear what relationship Konerko has with the team going forward. The 37-year-old hasn't announced his retirement, but such a decision would not come as a surprise. He performed way below replacement level during a torturous 2013 campaign as the White Sox finished in the AL Central cellar.
When Abreu was introduced to the media, general manager Rick Hahn left the door open for Konerko to return, according to MLB.com's Scott Merkin. After a "real good, open and honest conversation" with the longtime White Sox captain, Hahn tells Merkin that he's waiting to hear back.
Let's be clear, though, that his presence—or lack thereof—won't noticeably affect Abreu's much-anticipated debut season.