January 24, 2003 - Sometimes luck plays a part in things, sometimes a very big part. On this date, Sox GM Kenny Williams signed free agent pitcher Esteban Loaiza to a contract. Loaiza was expected to round out the back end of the rotation and he did much more than that. By the end of the season he had won 21 games, started the All-Star Game and led the AL in strikeouts. He could have won the Cy Young Award but a pair of 1-0 losses to Detroit appeared to be the difference in doing so. He ended up second in the voting. The next year he was traded to the Yankees at midseason, for pitcher Jose Contreras, another deal that worked out to the White Sox advantage!
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