Monday Morning Frustrations
After another frustrating loss, its time to take a look at what is going on.
Things have been pretty discouraging and frustrating and that is why you have not seen a lot of me of late. It’s so hard to keep writing about all the negative and not much positive.
July was a great month and we actually were heading in a great place but then August hit and its gone to hell. The losing here and there by small margins I can handle but when you get your backside handed to you on a silver platter by a score of 16 – 0 and your DH becomes your pitcher, its time to take a look at things and see what needs done. Some kind of shock or benching or wavers needs to wake this crew from the sleep they are in now.
This is MY take on who I think needs to stay and who can pack their bags.
*Jose Abreu – has a 6 year contract and is in a Sox uniform until 2020. He is developing in to a great hitter and first baseman. Abreu can also handle the DH role as needed.
*John Danks – must stay on in the pitching pool, his contract ends in 2016. He is still recovering from shoulder surgery and I think the best is yet to come from him. He has valuable experience the younger Sox need in building their own career and could learn from John.
*Adam Dunn – he is 34 and I think his time in the pinstripe is over. He has no speed on the bases and has not had a great year hitting.
*Alexei Ramirez – is having a brilliant year and is ours until the close of the 2015 season.
*Chris Sale – not much to say but KEEP HIM, Chris is a Sox until 2015. He is another one who has experience and guidance for the young kids.
*Jose Quintana – will remain a pitcher with us through 2018. He will only get better
*Alejandro De Aza, Gordon Beckham, Ronald Belisario, Dayan Viciedo, Tyler Flowers, Nate Jones (he is injured and will be out for over a year), Hector Noesi, Conor Gillaspie, Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, Leury Garcia, Maikel Cleto, Jake Petricka, Zach Putnam, Jordan Danks, Adrian Nieto, Scott Carroll, Erik Surkamp, Javy Guerra, Daniel Webb – All contracts come to a close at the end of this season.
We need Nate back in the middle closer roll. Hector Noesi, Conor Gillaspie, Avisail Garcia,(sill injured) Leury Garcia, Jake Petricka, Zach Putnam Jordan Danks, Adrian Nieto, Scott Carroll, Erik Surkamp, Daniel Webb. All need to return, they have had good years but could use some confidence building and some guidance. Getting back to basic skills.
Paul Konerko is out of contract but he has decided that this year is it. He has had an amazing run and is the only White Sox left at the club from the World Series team. Paulie wants to take some time off and just be a hubby and Dad. There is a job waiting for Paulie when and if he is ready for it. He would be a wonderful asset with his experience to be a mentor for the young crew.
We got Matt Davidson in the trade for Adam Eaton, whats happened there. He was supposed to be a great fit and all. He is still in Charlotte struggling and Conor Gillaspie has the role and deserves to keep what he has worked his backside off for. Josh Phegley is another one having an amazing year and I would like to see him get back up to Chicago. Last I checked he has 19 home runs and was gunning down base runners right and left. Marcus Semien is another good utility player who can take on second with no issues and would fit right in.
It’s a day off today and in San Francisco for a 2 game series before heading home for another day off before welcoming the Toronto Blue Jays to Chicago