Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:


Already have an account? Log in here.


Forgot Password


Chicago White Sox Hot Stove: MLB News & Fantasy Baseball Analysis


Chicago White Sox Team Outlook

2013 was a season to forget. The White Sox lost 99 games and did not have very many fantasy relevant players. They weren't very relevant in the AL Central either. As for 2014, there are plenty of new faces in town and there is promise for a better season and more fantasy production.


2014 Preview - Hitters

Who's New: Jose Abreu, Adam Eaton, Avisail Garcia, Matt Davidson, Ronald Belisario, Scott Downs

Who's Gone: Addison Reed, Alex Rios, Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd, Hector Santiago, Matt Thornton

The first offseason question regarded their captain, Paul Konerko. The 17-year veteran signed a one-year deal and will retire following this season. Rightfully so, as 2013 was a poor campaign for Konerko, who looks to rebound and end his career on a high note. The White Sox now have an interesting rotation of Adam Dunn, Konerko, and newly signed Jose Abreu for the 1B and DH positions.

Jose Abreu is a Cuban slugger that the Sox paid heavily for with a 6 year $68-million deal. Abreu cited Alexei Ramirez and Dayan Viciedo as part of his reasoning for choosing the White Sox, as they will likely help with his transition into the league. Keep an eye on Abreu, who made a name for himself during the 2013 World Baseball Classic and is highly regarded as a smooth-swinging power hitter. Abreu could be a major fantasy contributor in 2014.


2014 Preview - Pitchers & More


Who can forget the trade in late July that saw Jake Peavy change Sox and win a ring in Boston, while the White Sox welcomed 22 year-old prospect Avisail Garcia to their squad. Garcia will be the Sox starting right fielder this season and figures to hit somewhere in the heart of the order. Often compared to his superstar former teammate Miguel Cabrera, "Mini-Miggy" drew rave reviews during his time with the Tigers. Garcia also showed flashes of his potential in just a short time in a White Sox uniform last season. In just 42 games with the Sox, Avi hit .283 with 5 HR and 21 RBI. He has power to all fields and showed impressive speed on the bases. Look for Garcia to contribute 15-20 HR and 70-75 RBI this year.

The Sox were just getting started making moves. They traded LHP Hector Santiago in a three-team deal to acquire speedster Adam Eaton from the Diamondbacks. Eaton is expected to be the everyday leadoff man and center fielder, making him an early sleeper for a big fantasy year. His speed could create high numbers in the .AVG, R, and SB areas. This also creates a potential platoon system in LF between Dayan Viciedo and Alejandro De Aza. Either one could still be traded before the year starts. But if it stays this way, it will be difficult for either to be a major fantasy contributor until the situation works itself out.

The White Sox continued to revamp their roster via Arizona by trading closer Addison Reed for the D'Backs 3B prospect Matt Davidson. Davidson is in line to compete for the starting job this year at third base. He has put up great power numbers in the minor leagues but needs to cut down on his strikeouts and prove he is a capable defender at the hot corner. Davidson could be a late round gem in fantasy drafts for RBI and HR if he sticks as the White Sox corner infielder. Jeff Keppinger and Conor Gillaspie are the other options for starts at 3B this year.

There are still many pitching spots open for competition. With Reed's departure, Nate Jones may be in line for the closer position. Matt Lindstrom could also have a few save opportunities. Veteran relievers Ronald Belisario and Scott Downs were also added to bolster the bullpen.

Adam Dunn

After lefties Chris Sale, Jose Quintana and John Danks, the rest of the starting rotation is up for grabs. Felipe Paulino, Andre Rienzo, and Daniel Webb are all options for the remaining spots. Sale is a top 5 starting pitcher in the AL and the White Sox most valuable fantasy player overall. He is capable of posting huge numbers in the W, K, ERA, and WHIP categories. As I checked to verify that Sale finished with the second-highest WAR among AL pitchers, I was surprised to find Quintana wasn't far behind at sixth. Only Yu Darvish, Anibal Sanchez, Max Scherzer, Hisashi Iwakuma, and teammate Chris Sale had a higher WAR than Quintana. Quintana failed to get much run support, as evidenced by his 17 no decisions, but turned in several quality starts and a solid 3.51 ERA in his second big league season. If the offense averages another run per game this year, look for those lefties to have very successful seasons.


What To Watch For

It will be interesting to see how the White Sox will set their lineup this season. Ventura has a lot of options as far as what type of team he wants out on the field. A 1-2 punch of Eaton and De Aza is very appealing, but will Robin opt to play Viciedo in left field for more power? Ultimately, the Sox are in a bit of a remodeling phase that usually doesn't bode well for a championship aspirations. However, there are several players who could wind up being major fantasy contributors this year. If Adam Eaton starts this offense off on the right foot, look for the middle of the Sox order to rack up the RBI all season long. Avisail Garcia and Jose Abreu could turn out to be two major forces on the South Side for many years to come. Sale and Quintana will be work horses for the Sox pitching staff. Stay tuned for more in-depth previews on the White Sox and fantasy advice all season long.


More Recent Articles


2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers - Adrian Houser

In life, there seem to be two kinds of people, the flashy and the boring. “Flashy” people like high-end materialistic things such as nice clothing or an expensive car. "Boring” people prefer the simpler things in life like spending time with their loved ones. This seems to be true when it comes to fantasy baseball,... Read More

Taking Out the Trash: Pitchers Who Should Junk Their Worst Pitch

Pitch mix changes can make or break a player’s season. That obviously goes for fantasy value as well as real-life. We've already seen how throwing an effective pitch more often could make a huge improvement a la Patrick Corbin. Sometimes pitchers just need to eliminate a pitch to see their numbers improve. Consider the following: Mitch... Read More

ADP Showdown – Trevor Story vs. Trea Turner

Pitchers and catchers have officially reported and position player workouts are getting underway, which means baseball season is officially upon us! Maybe you haven’t started prepping for your drafts, but fortunately for you, there have already been plenty of drafts, which means that fantasy players out there have already started dealing with tough draft position... Read More

Using Sabermetrics for Fantasy Baseball: Pitcher Statcast

Statcast metrics such as Barrels and Brls/BBE are great ways to evaluate a batter's performance, so it is only natural to assume that the metrics would be predictive for pitchers as well. As much as batters want to hit a Barrel every time, pitchers want to avoid them at all costs. Yet there is evidence... Read More

Bases Loaded Podcast - All Things Fantasy Baseball w/ Nick Pollack (@PitcherList)

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) is  joined by Nick Pollack (@PitcherList) and they discuss all things fantasy baseball! Subscribe to the Bases Loaded podcast, part of RotoBaller Radio's Podcast Network. Like and Subscribe to the RotoBaller channel on Youtube to get all our latest podcasts and catch us on iTunes and BlogTalkRadio as well! Be sure to also tune... Read More

Finding Combo-Player Values Using Z-Scores and ATC Projections

Towards the end of last season, I asked the question – “Draft Speed or Pound the Power?” Loaded in this seemingly simple query are two contradictory approaches – one for power and one for speed. Power Approach 1: Home run totals are dramatically up in baseball these days. Therefore, there are many power bats available... Read More

ADP Showdown - Whit Merrifield vs Austin Meadows

Spring training is officially underway, which means baseball season is upon us! Maybe you haven’t started prepping for your drafts, but fortunately for you, there have already been plenty of drafts, which means that fantasy players out there have already begun dealing with tough draft position decisions. The outfield position is deep as always, but... Read More

2020 Keeper Value Rankings - Third Base

Keeper Value Rankings are intended for Keeper Leagues in which a fantasy owner must forfeit a designated draft pick in order to keep a player into the upcoming season. These rankings are based on Keeper "Values". In the marketing world, Value can be defined as the extent to which a good or service (player) is... Read More

2020 Dynasty Leagues: Players to Sell (Premium Content)

As draft day approaches in dynasty leagues, the window to sell-high on a big name has never been better. The first days of spring training are a chance to cash in on players who may have hit their peak value before the 2020 season begins. Bartering is a matter of risk vs reward. You hate... Read More

Bases Loaded Podcast: Early Round Values

Mike Kurland (@Mike_Kurland) is joined by Jorge Montanez (@Roto_Nino) and Zach Braff (@BraffZ) and they discuss early round values. They go through and highlight a few players that are going inside the top 150 in ADP that offer a great chance to return profit. Subscribe to the Bases Loaded podcast, part of RotoBaller Radio's Podcast... Read More

Second Year Pitcher Preview: Fantasy Baseball 2020 ADP Analysis

Host Anthony Aniano of RotoBaller Radio discuss the 2020 fantasy baseball season and keeps you updated with all the latest news and analysis Be sure to tune into RotoBaller Radio on SiriusXM (channel Sirius 210, XM 87) - every weekday morning between 6-7 AM ET, every weekday afternoon from 1-2 PM ET, Saturday nights from 9-11 PM ET... Read More

Relief Pitchers to Target for Holds

Hold on... there are fantasy leagues that reward middle relievers, not just starters and closers? Yes, there are, and leagues that reward holds are one of the fastest-growing segments of fantasy baseball as real baseball continues to diminish the role of the starter in favor of building deep bullpens with multiple relievers that throw 95+... Read More

2020 Second Base Rankings - H2H Points Leagues

Points leagues may seem like a slight variation from traditional 5x5 category scoring leagues but you must approach draft day with a different strategy if you wish to truly compete. Rankings themselves are a different beast altogether, as category specialists like Mallex Smith and Dee Gordon (stolen bases), Kyle Schwarber and Franmil Reyes (home runs),... Read More

ADP Showdown – Matt Olson vs Paul Goldschmidt

Pitchers and catchers have officially reported and position player workouts are getting underway, which means baseball season is officially upon us! Maybe you haven’t started prepping for your drafts, but fortunately for you, there have already been plenty of drafts, which means that fantasy players out there have already started dealing with tough draft position... Read More

2020 Second Base Rankings - Fantasy Baseball Dynasty Leagues

As the season draws near, we realize more and more that it's draft season. There is a large portion of fantasy baseball busy with mock drafts, rankings, sleepers, and more mock drafts. The Dynasty community, on the other hand, is looking to continue their dominance, rebuild, or in a worst-case scenario, stick their hands up... Read More