Chicago White Sox 2011 Season Preview
The Chicago White Sox made it a priority in the offseason to make the necessary upgrades to put them over the hump and get past the Minnesota Twins in 2011.
Chicago went out and signed first baseman Adam Dunn to a four-year contract, adding another big bat to the middle of their lineup. They will move him to designated hitter because they were also able to re-sign first baseman Paul Konerko.
While Konerko will have a tough time repeating last year's career season, he should benefit from protection in the lineup offered by Dunn. The White Sox are also hopeful that Carlos Quentin can stay healthy and bounce back in 2011.
The starting rotation is solid yet unspectacular. John Danks and Mark Buehrle don't generate a lot of excitement, but they do record plenty of outs. Gavin Floyd started off slow in 2010 but finished strong and has the most talent on the staff.
The White Sox have big hopes for Jake Peavy this year after he struggled just to make it on the mound last season. They still want to take things slow with him, but hope he can return to being a top pitcher.
Chicago made the necessary moves to elevate themselves from runner-up to the Minnesota Twins to the favorite to win the division. They still don't have the horses to get to the World Series, though, especially after Boston's active offseason.