The SweetSpot network is happy to announce the addition of The Catbird Seat to our roll of team blogs. With a dedicated team of seven contributors, The Catbird Seat promises intelligent and humorous coverage of the Chicago White Sox. With the White Sox, a little humor may be necessary to keep the sanity.
You can follow the blog on Twitter @TheCatbird_Seat or click here to follow the individual writers -- James Fegan, Kevin Wallace, Nick Schaefer, Matt Adams, Collin Whitechurch, Robert Flot and Chris Lamberti. (These guys used to run the Southside Showdown blog.)
The White Sox happen to be in the news today, locking up the underrated Jose Quintana to a deal that keep in Chicago through 2020. Before that signing was announced, James and Nick recorded a podcast and Nick looked at some of the win predictions for the 2014 White Sox, writing:
Something I find intriguing about this pseudo-consensus at the team-wide level is that the path to this result seems fraught with profound variance at an individual level. A look around the White Sox roster shows that for a number of players a huge range of outcomes are possible. Not an exhaustive list, but let’s look at some examples:
1. Jose Abreu: The Cuban import is perhaps the biggest question mark of all. What do stat lines not unlike those of prime Barry Bonds mean when posted against roughly High A ball competition? Is his bat actually slow? Will he have trouble catching up to major league stuff? If so, how much does that scale back his value?
Keith Law recently wrote that Abreu’s swing looks great and that he is looking more fit and better in the field than he anticipated. Abreu has also made pretty decent contact, although hasn’t been drawing walks thus far in Spring Training. Then again, Spring Training stats don’t really mean anything beyond the fact that he didn’t come in and get blown away immediately.
Is Abreu going to profile like, say, Nelson Cruz at the plate? More walks? Less average? At this point it is still anybody’s guess, and the quality of the 2014 White Sox will likely be influenced heavily by where on the spectrum of possibilities Mr. Abreu falls.
Regardless of how it works out, I still applaud the move. The White Sox needed offense wherever they could get it, and frankly looking at the free agent market, Abreu’s price hardly looks extravagant - after all, it’s roughly the same AAV as Ubaldo Jimenez got - and it did not cost them a draft pick. Moreover, even though there are significant reasons to doubt it, it is not impossible that Abreu turns out to be a star level bat.
That's just a snippet. Check out The Catbird Seat and read all season about the exploits of Chris Sale, Abreu and company.