Last year, the Padres weren't the only non-contender to go hog-wild in the offseason, aggressively adding players in an attempt to compete very quickly. The Chicago White Sox, that most miserly of large-market teams, did a bit of holiday splurging on their own, signing David Robertson, Melky Cabrera, Adam LaRoche and Zach Duke in free agency. While they missed out on signing a big-name starting pitcher, they still landed one, picking up Jeff Samardzija from the Oakland Athletics to join Chris Sale and Jose Quintana in a rotation that needed another big arm. Did it work out? Well, not really.
If you're going to be absurdly technical about the whole thing, yes, the 2015 White Sox were an improvement over the 2014 White Sox. Unfortunately, the improvement was from 73 wins to 76 wins, which is a little like having an anvil dropped on your head instead of a piano.