The Chicago White Sox entered the 2014 season with lofty expectations for a roster that underwent significant upheaval.
To be sure, it isn’t as if everyone expects the White Sox to challenge the Detroit Tigers for AL Central supremacy just because general manager Rick Hahn brought in guys like Adam Eaton, Scott Downs and Jose Abreu. While possible, a scenario like that is rather unlikely. What the fans do expect is a greater sense of urgency, competent fielding, reliable relief pitching and improved baserunning.
Well, two out of four isn’t so bad. See, the bullpen is a mess, and the fielding is all over the place, but the baserunning is better than it was last season, and the increased energy on and off the field is palpable.
So with nine games down this season, let’s take a minute to grade each of Hahn’s offseason acquisitions on the 25-man roster.