The 2011 season has been a roller coaster ride for the Chicago White Sox and their fans. A team that seemed to be poised to make a run for the title in the AL Central was just never able to really get it going.
Their longest winning streak of the year was five games, which only came this past week. It ended with a 7-6 loss to the Twins, a game in which Jake Peavy gave up six runs in the first inning.
In typical Sox fashion, they followed up the winning streak with a four-game losing streak, highlighted by Saturday's 9-8 loss to the Tigers, a game which they led 8-1 in the fifth inning.
With this season all but over, the White Sox management can start looking ahead to what should be a busy offseason.
They have several questions to answer and decisions to make about what to do with their high-priced payroll.
One thing that seems fairly obvious though, due to the recent success of several of the Sox youngsters, is that next year's roster will have a lot of fresh, young faces.
With several players becoming free agents or arbitration eligible, what Sox fans may not see are some of the faces to which they've grown accustomed.
There are definitely some tough decisions to make, but if the Sox want to contend in the AL Central next season, here are a few things that they must do in the offseason.