We all miss baseball, but the offseason always provides a lot of entertainment and intrigue as well.
As Sox fans, so far we've seen:
Kenny Williams promoted to Executive VP, Rick Hahn to Senior VP and GM and Buddy Bell to VP and Assistant GM.
Jake Peavy signed to a two-year extension and Gavin Floyd's 2013 option picked up with the options of Kevin Youkilis and Brett Myers declined. And in a minor league deal, outfielder Kenny Williams Jr. traded to the Rockies for outfielder/first baseman Mark Tracy, the son of former Colorado manager Jim Tracy.
There is, of course, much more to come as the Sox prepare to contend next season. Will Youkilis still be signed to a less lucrative deal and stay with the White Sox? If not, who will be the third baseman going into the season? Has free agent A.J. Pierzynski's productive career on the South Side ended? And what changes will be made in the bullpen? Will Matt Thornton or Jesse Crain be dealt?
The bench also needs to be upgraded and there is free agent out there with a White Sox legacy that would be a perfect fit. He is Scott Hairston, a third-generation major leaguer with grandpa Sam, father Jerry (both former White Sox) and uncle John preceding him as well as older brother Jerry Jr., who spent last season with the Dodgers.
Scott, now primarily an outfielder, has played for the Diamondbacks, Padres, A's and the last two season for the Mets. He could add some serious pop off the bench while spelling the outfielders and DHs if needed, even for extended periods of time. Last year he had a career high of 20 homers in 377 at bats with 57 RBIs and a .263 batting average.
Come to think of it, how great would it be to have both Scott and Jerry Jr., who has played virtually everywhere on the diamond during his solid 15-year career. Jerry Jr. still has a year to go on his contract in Los Angeles, but maybe Hahn should inquire about his availability. Now that would be a bench.