White Sox Notes: Beckham, Jones, Designated Hitter

White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen addressed some of the team's needs before heading off to Indianapolis, and MLB.com's Scott Merkin has the goods..

  • Guillen would like to find an upgrade over Gordan Beckham in the leadoff spot.  However, Guillen went out of his way to say that he is a "good RBI man" and added that he would like to move him down to sixth or seventh in the lineup.
  • Andruw Jones could be an everyday outfielder for the ChiSox if (and, as Merkin notes, "that's a big if") he reports to Spring Training in shape.
  • Guillen seems to like the flexibility that comes with not having a true designated hitter.  The way he sees it, he can use Jones, Omar Vizquel, Mark Kotsay, Paul Konerko or Mark Teahen in the spot when neccessary, and shift them around as he sees fit.
  • Freddy Garcia is working to get himself in position to be the club's fifth starter.  The 33-year-old posted a 4.34 ERA in nine starts with the White Sox last season.

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