With a little more than three weeks to go before pitchers and catchers report to Camelback Ranch in Glendale, the White Sox are inching closer to putting together the pieces of the puzzle that will translate into the 2013 Opening Day roster.
The latest addition is hard-throwing righthanded reliever Matt Lindstrom, who has pitched for the Marlins, Astros, Rockies, Orioles and Diamondbacks and recorded a 3.64 earned run average in 358 appearances. It has been reported that Lindstrom has signed a one-year deal with an option for 2014 and it looks like he'll undertake the Brett Myers role. Myers, of course, has moved on to the Indians as a starter.
Unless future deals or other unforeseen circumstances occur, the Sox pretty much have their seven-man bullpen in place with Lindstrom, Matt Thornton, Jesse Crain, Hector Santiago, Donnie Veal, Nate Jones and closer Addison Reed. That said, it wouldn't be a shock if Thornton or Crain, both in the last years of their contracts, are dealt.
For whom, you ask? Well, they certainly could be used as a valuable piece to acquire the lefthanded hitter the Sox covet. Then, the mystery continues as to just where it would be on the diamond. The logical move would be to find a lefty-hitting third baseman so newly-acquired Jeff Keppinger could assume the role of a super utility man. Other than third, the lineup seems set unless some drastic movement will take place. There's the outfield of Dayan Viciedo, Alejandro De Aza and Alex Rios, infield of Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn at first base/DH, Gordon Beckham at second, Alexei Ramirez at shortstop and Tyler Flowers the new regular backstop.
The starting rotation is there with Chris Sale, Jake Peavy, Gavin Floyd, Jose Quintana and John Danks if he'll be ready at the start of the season. If not, Santiago could very well move into the rotation with another reliever moving up the chain.
As far as the bench, outfielders Dwayne Wise and Jordan Danks, infielders Angel Sanchez and Steve Tolleson, catcher Hector Gimenez and one or two others will all be in the mix.
So, apart from the bench battle it doesn't appear that they'll be a lot of battling for jobs this spring. But when you least expect it, expect it. Brand new GM may very well have something tricky up his sleeve.