Sox have spots open in outfield, bullpen

March, 1, 2012
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Levine By Bruce Levine
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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If you are in the area, stop in at Camelback Ranch and fill out an application for backup outfielder and bullpen positions -- ask for Chicago White Sox manager Robin Ventura.

“As far as ability and talent, there are some spots open and there are some guys with a lot of talent to pick from to fill it,” Ventura said.

Pitchers Nestor Molina, Addison Reed, Dylan Axelrod and Zach Stewart are all young guns looking too make an early impression on Ventura and pitching coach Don Cooper this spring.

The White Sox outfield may also have a spot or two open, depending on how the new coaching staff looks at Brett Lillibridge. With four outfielders set, it could be time for Jordan Danks to get some big league experience.

Ventura will rely on bench coach Mark Parent and Cooper for the pitchers’ talent evaluations, but learning to handle a staff will be the new Sox manager’s greatest challenge.

“It is different watching than having to react to it as a manager,” Ventura said. “The way they feel when I go out there, the way things are going in the game… these are things I am going to have to get used to looking at. Again, I am also trusting a staff [which] has seen a lot, too.”

Yes, jobs are open this year on the south side and the grading begins for much of the team’s young talent on Monday as Cactus League play starts.

“I am just trying to win a job,” said Reed, who may get a chance to become the team’s closer. “Anything after making the club is up to them, but getting a little taste of the majors was huge for me at the end of last year.”

Keep your eye on Molina, who will be a starter at some point, but, like Jon Garland, Mark Buehrle and Chris Sale once did, could begin his White Sox career in the pen.

Bruce Levine | email

Chicago baseball beat reporter
Bruce Levine has covered sports in Chicago for over 28 years and hosts "Talkin' Baseball," heard Saturday mornings on ESPN 1000.

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