The thought of going into the season with either Brent Morel or Mark Teahen at third base is scary. Shouldn't the Sox go after Michael Young now that Texas is trying to trade him? Reginald Singleton, Glen Ellyn
Even with the Sox on Michael Young's no-trade list, could the Sox be interested in trading Peavy for Young? Peavy is due less money (assuming his 2014 option is not picked up) and could give Texas a top starting pitcher that the Rangers are looking for. Brad, Chicago
Young will make $48 million over the next three seasons. He is 34, and he didn't overwhelm me in 2010 as he did in previous seasons. His average dipped to .284 and he struck out 115 times.
He's still a productive player but not the same Sox killer as he was in past years.
As for Jake, he has a no-trade clause, and it would be very tough to move a player recovering from a severe injury.
If Phil Humber doesn't win a starting job, will he pass through waivers? Sox could use him at Class AAA, as a nice emergency call-up. Cliff Jordan, Chicago
It depends on how well he pitches. There are different scenarios now with Ozzie's revelation on WSCR-670 Saturday that the Sox could skip the turn of the fifth starter early in the season. They could go with an extra position player early in the season, but they've been known to carry 12 pitchers most of the time.
I completely agree they could use someone with Humber's potential at Triple-A if he's not the temporary fifth starter while Jake Peavy heals, but he's out of options. With Thornton, Ohman and Sale (probably) from the left side and Crain, Santos and Pena from the right side, competition for at least one other spot could be intriguing with the option situation and non-roster invitees.
What's the thinking behind the projection of Adam Dunn in the No. 3 slot and Paul Konerko batting cleanup? Since Konerko hits for a higher average and strikes out less, doesn't it make more sense to have him bat third? Patrick M. O'Connell, Richmond Heights, Mo.
Another revelation from the WSCR interview was that Ozzie recited a lineup that included Rios in the third spot, Dunn fourth and Konerko fifth. That provides a right-left-right set up in the middle of the order. I'd rather have Rios bat third because he's prospered batting in front of Konerko and runs better than Konerko or Dunn.
A Rios-Konerko-Dunn-Quentin-Pierzynski alignment would work for me, with Ramirez hitting ahead of A.J. in certain situations.
Thanks for keeping the Sox fires burning over this long winter. There will be a lot of competition in the outfield this spring. Of Viciedo, DeAza, and Milledge, do you see more than one being on the team in April? Hank Balikov, Moorestown, NJ
I can't see more than one making the opening day roster, especially if Teahen is used as a backup outfielder and infielder.
Who would you say this best describes in the White Sox clubhouse: "When he speaks, they all listen"? Players only please. My best guess would be Jake Peavy because Paulie seems like a quiet, (not vocal) leader. Jim Crestani, San Diego, Calif.
Jim, could you send some of that great California weather you've enjoyed for the past two weeks to the folks in the Chicagoland area? All I've been hearing from my California family members and friends is how great the weather has been recently. I know it's supposed to start raining there this week.
I would say Konerko, simply because when he does speak, his teammates know he means business. But there are enough guys who police themselves. It's tough for a pitcher to have his words resonate with the rest of his teammates because starters perform once every fifth day.
What's your reaction to Mark Buehrle saying something bad needs to happen to Michael Vick? Kevin Murphy, Dixon, Ill.
The original quote that was in the MLB.com story was as follows: "(Vick) had a great year and a great comeback, but there were times where we watched the game and I know it's bad to say, but there were times where we hope he gets hurt. Everything you've done to these dogs, something bad needs to happen to these guys."
Mark and his wife are true to their word when it comes to their dedication to the prevention of animal cruelty. But even as someone who adopted two cats four years ago, I was a little surprised by the severity of his comments. But he's entitled to his opinion.
I enjoy your column. Here's a suggestion and say this tongue in cheek. Since the Sox have a hard time with the Twins and the Twins can't beat the Yankees how about the Sox wearing Yankee T shirts underneath their Sox uniforms? Tom Horvath. Highland, Ind.
Or honor the all-time Yankees' killers team, led by one of my favorites, Bill Lee (12-5 lifetime vs. the Yankees). Roy Halladay beat the Yankees five times in 2008 while pitching for Toronto. Former Sox pitcher Frank Lary was 28-13 lifetime against the Yankees.
Why don't you guys start holding Ken Williams accountable. Ask him how he feels about paying Buehrle $59.5 million since the World Series to be six games over .500? Ask him about Gio Gonzalez for Nicky the Swish. How about paying Teahen $4 million a year (average) to play bridge in the clubhouse -- the guy is terrible both offensively and in the field. Think the Sox could have used a guy who went 7-1 with a 1.69 ERA down the stretch who ? Well, we sent him to Arizona for a journeyman starter making $8.5 million a year. And who knew Peavy was breaking down, since he last pitched a full year in 2007. And the farm system is just as bad as when he inherited it many years ago. I know you guys need quotes, but toughen it up a bit. Steve M., Chicago
Steve, I'm still waiting to hear from the GM on an e-mail I sent him shortly after the 2010 season on the possibility of losing assistant GM Rick Hahn to the Mets. The GM didn't respond to my e-mail but did pour his guts out to the New York Post a week later.
I've written many times in this forum two years ago that the person who recommended the Wilson Betemit acquisition (as part of the Swisher trade) should have been called on the carpet. And you left out Jhonny Nunez and Jeff Marquez.
Teahen doesn't play bridge, he impersonates Justin Bieber when he's not taking early batting practice or working on his defense.
How.does this sound, make Chris Sale a starter then trade Jackson and Quentin to the Yankees for Gardner, Chamberlain, one of their top catching prospects, and a pitching prospect? The lineup would be 1 Gardner (CF), 2 Beckham (2B), 3 Rios (RF), 4 Dunn (DH), 5 Konerko (1B), 6 Pierzynski (C), 7 Ramirez (SS), 8 Pierre (lF), and Morel (3B). Bill Wiggins, Rockville,Va.
I'd like to know who the catching and pitching prospects are. And if Chamberlain is being offered, I'd be very leery. Look at the past trades involving the Sox and Yankees? Just ask Steve M.
What do you think of Brent Lillibridge's role on the team this year? He performed very well last year in his limited role, and if Gordon Beckham gets off to another below .220 start, do you think Brent could supplant him as an everyday starter? Kevin Lamar, Chicago
Brent has to play his tail off because he's out of options. He can play the outfield as well as the infield, and his ability to play shortstop is a plus. I could see him getting traded to a team that needs a very versatile player.
With Vizquel able to play shortstop, second and third, Brent faces a logjam.
Can you tell us what, if any, are the long-term effects of "Camp Cora?" Also, how about a camp that teaches how to bunt? Ira SpackleWest Palm Beach, Fla.
I don't get as excited as others because the Los Angeles Dodgers have held camps similar to these since the mid-1970s, and Arizona has held them for the past few years. Early practice can only help Alexei Ramirez and Gordon Beckham get better at their respective positions, but this is hardly cutting edge stuff we're talking about.
As for the camp that teaches players how to bunt, I'm off to Arizona in less than 24 hours, so I'll take good notes on which players are putting in extra time at coach Jeff Cox's bunting pit.