Jim F., Denver
Jim, thanks for your patience. I realize you submitted this question before the player to be named later was announced. Pitcher Chris Devenski wasn't drafted until the 25th round of the 2011 draft, but he struck out 59 in 66 2/3 innings with Class-A Kannapolis. I'd say the trade was worth it for the Sox. Judging by the three pitchers Houston acquired from the Sox, I'd say the
were looking at 2014 for those those pitchers to start making an impact.
Ernest H., Grand Rapids, Mich.
South Side Cliffy, Chicago
I haven't seen anyone's skills decline so rapidly as those of Wells, although he did make an impressive catch last weekend. And he did predict in early March that
was going to have a rebound year. The second half of
's 2009 season wasn't pretty, either. Remember that the Sox and Cincinnati had talks the previous winter about Dye and
, so the Sox must have known something was up with Dye.
Gordon is playing a
-caliber second base, and the Sox can afford him at second only because the offense has been so productive. Nevertheless, I expected better production out of him. Maybe a productive two months can salvage his season.
Leonard M., Oak Lawn
What's up with White Sox prospect and high draft pick Keon Barnum? He played five games with the Sox A ball affiliate in Bristol, is listed as being active on the Bristol roster, yet hasn't played in over a month now.
Jack L., Lake Forest, Calif.
Barnum missed nearly six weeks because of a shoulder injury but returned Saturday and has hit safely in his first three games since returning.
No, because the only player Ozzie pushed for re-signing was
. The theory of bringing back Kotsay for 2010 was good because it gave the Sox a rotating designated hitter setup and a chance to keep guys fresh. It would have worked beautifully had Kotsay hit in the clutch or hit left-handers with some semblance of success.
played well the final two months under Ozzie.
Ted Cee, Las Vegas
Just like the Jermaine Dye situation in 2007, it would have to be a lopsided trade in favor of the team trading the veteran player. I still think they could use a veteran left-handed reliever to take the load off
Bob S., Fort Mohave, Ariz.
What are you hearing about resigning A.J. and Peavy for the next season or seasons?
Youkilis gives the Sox a dimension they haven't had since the Middle Ages: a No. 2 hitter who works deep counts and can hit for power and to all fields. He's been a terrific addition, and I think the Sox should look into bringing him back. Kevin will likely become a free agent, so he owes it to himself and his family to see what's best for him.
A.J. has played himself into a lucrative situation. This will be his last lucrative contract, so he owes it to himself as well to see what's out there. His performance might have put him elsewhere for more money, and he's deserved that.
Thornton and Crain are under contract through 2013. The Sox hold a $22 million option on Peavy with a $4 million buyout. Like Youkilis and A.J., Jake might owe it to himself to see what the market is for him. But I've seen him evolve into a bonafide leader of the pitching staff.
Do you think A.J. gets a new contract offer for next year?
If the Sox don't move quickly, I can see a
-like situation where the offers are too great for the Sox to match. There aren't many productive catchers on the market with A.J.'s durability.
Ed Sikora, Auburn, Ala.
I think they'll need Josh Phegley, especially since Flowers is being lifted for a pinch-hitter with more regularity. I also can see left-handers
returning, along with
and the players you mentioned.
, Flemington N.J.
I'll take Liriano, followed by Quintana. A lot could depend on matchups -- assuming the Sox reach the playoffs and know their first-round opponent so they can set their rotation. They didn't have this luxury in 2008.
, the Yankees' general manager, said before the 2012 season that possessing a left-handed power reliever of Thornton's caliber was more of a luxury.
Why has Thornton been using so much off-speed stuff lately? Hendricks didn't come close to his high heat, but got the game-winning hit off of a "junk" pitch.
Dave K., Rockville Centre, NY
I know of at least one talent observer in the organization who was baffled that Thornton got beat with his second-best pitch.
Do you have any concerns that the Sox are going to "burn out" their starters by not giving them regular rest? I understand that the bench is very weak but, Rios, Ramirez, Viciedo, De Aza and Youkilis never get any days off. I am especially concerned that Youkilis may need an occasional breather.
Brian L., Woodridge