The Chicago White Sox won't be very active in the free agent period this offseason. According to MLB.com, the White Sox aren't expected to pursue marquee free agents. This will be a relatively quiet time for the White Sox.
Kenny Williams surely recognizes that his hand is forced in the free agent period. The White Sox have committed $89 million to 12 players for 2012. This leave the White Sox with little room to sign players in the free agent period.
Mark Buehrle, Juan Pierre, Omar Vizquel and Ramon Castro will become free agents. The White Sox won't re-sign all four of them. Vizquel may be headed into retirement. Castro isn't needed since Tyler Flowers can fill the backup catcher role. The White Sox need someone to produce more runs than Pierre in left field.
Buehrle is a much-needed signing. He is among three realistic signings for the White Sox.