With apologies to Abbott and Costello, the big question for White Sox fans, as the baseball world heads to Nashville for the annual Winter Meetings, is "Who's on Third?"
The reality of Kevin Youkilis returning is a long shot, Brent Morel may or may not come back from his back injury and the recently non-tendered third basemen available are not an exciting group.
There's Mark Reynolds, whose enormous strikeout total wouldn't be compatible in the same lineup as Adam Dunn and he's a much better first baseman. In fact, Reynolds holds the all-time single season strikeout record of 223 with Dunn just a single strikeout behind him with his 222 whiffs this past season. Other non-tendered third sackers are Ian Stewart and Jack Hannahan, neither of whom reminds Sox fans of Robin Ventura or Joe Crede.
With no easy answer, it will be interesting to see how new GM Rick Hahn solves the problem.
Sox Notes of Note: Just months after making history by pitching a perfect game for the Sox against the Mariners, Philip Humber was claimed on waivers by Astros. It's interesting to note that Humber is going "home," having been an All-America at Rice University before being selected in the first round of the draft by the Mets...In other moves, the Sox non-tendered Dan Johnson, who hit three homers in the last game of the season, and minor league reliever Anthony Carter. Both are now free agents.
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