A few observations while I'm watching football, old movies and the "other guys" in the baseball playoffs:
1. It was very disappointing to watch the Tigers open up the ALDS vs. the A's--and win. I would have liked our chances against the young A's.
2. I count 15 former White Sox major and minor leaguers on the rosters of the remaining eight postseason teams. The Yankees have the most with seven, the Cardinals are the only club with no former Sox. Please know that all won't necessarily be placed on the 25-man roster for any or all of the three levels (ALDS, ALCS, World Series) of the playoffs, but they are listed as "active." Obviously some are no-brainers in terms of their participation and you'll know who they are:
Yankees (7) -- David Aardsma, Freddy Garcia, Boone Logan, Andruw Jones, Nick Swisher, Chris Stewart, Jayson Nix.
Orioles (1) -- Jim Thome
Tigers (1) -- Octavio Dotel
A's (1) -- Chris Carter
Giants (1) -- Javier Lopez
Reds (1) -- Wilson Valdez
Nationals (3) -- Gio Gonzalez, Edwin Jackson, Michael Morse
3. Word should come soon that Rick Hahn will become the new Sox GM with Kenny Williams promoted to President. Seems like the best of both worlds with Hahn giving the Sox a fresh new approach with KW's experience there for the asking. Situations like these can be dicey, but the two have worked together a long time and there's undoubtedly mutual respect.
4. In addition to the general molding of the roster, the specific points of interest will be the Sox's decisions on free agents A.J. Pierzynski, Jake Peavy, Kevin Youkilis, Brett Myers and Francisco Liriano. I would think that A.J. is 50/50, Peavy is probably 80/20 at best not to return and the others very likely will be gone. Although somewhat of a disappointment, it would be nice to have Youk back, especially with Brent Morel uncertain, but his huge price tag is the problem.
5. Another big decision is whether the Sox will pick up Gavin Floyd's option. He continues to be frustrating to watch, partly because it seems like he can be so much better. If the Sox do pick up his option, it could be a matter of needing to balance the surplus of lefties in the potential rotation (Chris Sale, John Danks, Jose Quintana, Hector Santiago) especially if Peavy is gone--and the fact no one better is available.