Over on the Southside, things are looking up — and with every day of the offseason that passes, they continue to get a little brighter.
Yesterday, I awoke to the news that the White Sox signed outfielder Melky Cabrera to a three-year deal worth approximately $45 mil. Cabrera, 30, hit .301 with 16 HRs for the Blue Jays last year; and would serve as a significant defensive upgrade to Dayan Viciedo.
The move by White Sox GM Rick Hahn follows a string of acquisitions made this offseason — from 1B/DH Adam LaRoche & lefty reliever Zach Duke to the more recent announcements of a trade for pitcher Jeff Samardzija and the signing of reliever David Robertson.
After the Sox signed Cuban slugger Jose Abreu last offseason (and since he’s gone to win all the awards in his rookie year), the rebuild of our Southside Hitmen has been underway — however, until this year, the team was still strapped for cash, with big contracts for Adam Dunn, PK, Jake Peavy, and Alex Rios still in the finances.
Though the White Sox faired a little better in 2014 than they did the previous season, it still wasn’t a year to write home about — the only real notable story coming from 35th Street, aside for Abreu’s aforementioned accomplishments, was the retirement of Konerko & Chris Sale’s outstanding pitching.
While I wouldn’t go as far as to call the Sox “contenders” just yet, even if the team doesn’t make any other moves this offseason (which is unlikely), it’s going to be a fun year on the Southside.