AL Central Notes: White Sox, Abreu, Dozier, Cabrera

The White Sox are off to a solid start to the season with a 7-6 record, and they've already won more games against the division-rival Indians than they did in 2013, writes Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago. Hayes spoke with Indians GM Chris Antonetti about his division rivals, and Antonetti said he's not surprised to see the Sox looking like an improved club. "Unfortunately for us, I thought [White Sox GM Rick Hahn] and his staff had an exceptional offseason," Antonetti told Hayes. "They’ve positioned themselves not only better for the short term but also for the long term as well and that’s a challenging thing to do. … I thought they made a number of tremendous moves that will not only help them this year but for years to come, unfortunately to our detriment."

Here's more about the White Sox and the rest of the AL Central…

  • The White Sox' largest move of the offseason, financially speaking, was the signing of Jose Abreu to a six-year, $68MM contract. CSN Chicago's David Kaplan spoke to former Sox GM and current executive vice president Kenny Williams about the Abreu signing. Williams said he initially told Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf that he thought Abreu was worth a four-year, $40MM investment, to which Reinsdorf replied, "Why not $50MM?" Williams said he's 100 percent confident in Abreu as well as Reinsdorf and Hahn, who closed the $68MM deal (Twitter link).
  • Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press looks at yesterday's $35MM extension for Jedd Gyorko and examines what that means for the Twins' chances of locking up Brian Dozier. The Twins and Dozier's agent, Damon Lapa, had extension talks this spring that didn't progress beyond the exploratory phase, Berardino writes. He notes that while Gyorko's bat has been superior to Dozier's thus far, Dozier trumps Gyorko in defense, baserunning and overall wins above replacement.
  • In the latest edition of his "Hey Hoynsie!" mailbag, Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer points out that the Indians are in a familiar situation with Asdrubal Cabrera. Though the club had an affordable option on Omar Vizquel back in 2004, they made no indication of wanting to pick it up and instead let Vizquel walk to make room for Jhonny Peralta. In 2010, the team traded Peralta to the Tigers without showing much interest in retaining him, due to Cabrera's presence in the minors. Now, with Cabrera five-and-a-half months from free agency and Francisco Lindor looming, there's been little to no talk of Cabrera's Cleveland tenure lasting beyond 2014. The bigger question, says Hoynes, is whether or not Cabrera will play well enough to merit a qualifying offer. Given his struggles at the plate over the past year, that seems unlikely at this time.

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5 Comments on "AL Central Notes: White Sox, Abreu, Dozier, Cabrera"

Jack Conness
1 year 4 months ago

It was devastating seeing Avisail Garcia going down for the Sox but I have loved the start of the season so far. I was at the game last week in Chicago when Abreu blasted two. I mean, they were no doubters and it sounded awesome off the bat. Eaton is an great player to have atop the lineup and in the clubhouse with the hustle and energy he provides. I hope the Sox can keep it up!

1 year 4 months ago

“Williams said he initially told Sox chairman Jerry Reinsdorf that he thought Abreu was worth a four-year, $40MM investment, to which Reinsdorf replied, “Why not $50MM?” ”

That is why you are no longer GM Kenny. And you are luck you have a boss who is loyal to people or you would be out of a job. Hahn turned around your train wreck you created in one off season. Love the way this team plays!

1 year 4 months ago

I don’t think even this story could make me see Reinsdorf as anything but a continuing obstacle to increasing the amount of money the Sox spend.

1 year 4 months ago

I think where he got in the Sox way spending wise is none big league roster talent. He put nothing into international scouting or development. I would say part of that was Kenny ignoring it as he just wanted chips to trade. Reinsdorf has brought in some high priced players in his time ( Albert Bell) and has increase payroll after the WS. I think if this team can compete and the fans come out he will spend some money. I still have a small amount of hatred for him for the Bulls break up, but most of it went away in 05!

1 year 4 months ago

Bye bye, Asdrubal.