Chat with Doug Padilla
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Padilla covers the Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN Radio 1000.
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Doug Padilla (1:57 PM)
Welcome to another White Sox chat. Sunshine, cool and breezy here in Arizona. Players about to finish their last workout before games begin.
Do you believe the White Sox have the best bullpen in the majors? And over/under 85 RBIs for Viciedo?
Doug Padilla (1:59 PM)
Best bullpen? No. I'll go with an improved one and that's mostly because Reed and Jones have another year under their belt. Adding Lindstrom's velocity is huge. If Chapman returns as the Reds' closer they have the best pen, but the Braves, A's, Nationals Rays and Orioles all have relief squads to envy.
Illini Bill (Rockille, VA)
Were you surprised how little the White Sox did during the off season while the Tigers, Indians, and Royals have all gotten better?
Doug Padilla (2:02 PM)
Look, the White Sox met a huge goal in the offseason when Peavy signed. They had a player targeted for every position so signing a free agent would mean dealing somebody else away. With the money they set aside to spend, they essentially got the team they were looking for. Not saying that puts them over the top with the other teams in the division but they weren't going to make a late deal just because KC and Cleveland did.
de la (the 415)
Hey, Doug, is the Gillaspie trade seen as anything other than org depth? How do you see third base shaking out between him, Brent Morel and Carlos Sanchez? Is Sanchez a realistic option to make the Opening Day roster? Thanks!
Doug Padilla (2:04 PM)
Gillaspie, who the White Sox got from the Giants today, looks like a bench option at this point. It's a left-handed bat that can play third if Keppinger is off or giving Beckham a rest at second. It's going to be interesting to see what happens to Morel, who looks ready to make some noise this spring. And Carlos Sanchez isn't expected to make the roster. Too early for him. Angel Sanchez is expected to get the utility man spot.
How's Dunn looking (body, bat control)? Heard he didn't hit during this off-season.
Doug Padilla (2:06 PM)
Hard to tell this early. A lot of guys look rusty or downright awful. Dunn looks the same physically. I think the big thing is that he seems even more relaxed than he has since the White Sox signed him. For a guy like that it's huge. When Dunn is loose he seems to play better. That certainly isn't the best approach for everybody but Dunn is different in that regard.
What is your honest opinion about Tyler Flowers ability to hit major league pitching?
Doug Padilla (2:08 PM)
If you expect him to be A.J. all over again, you're going to be disappointed. He's not going to hit for average and will strike out more than A.J. It's probably not the ideal thing in a lineup that also has Dunn. But he can hit for power and will get on some power hot streaks. For now, though, they are just telling him to worry most about the pitching staff. They don't want him pressing at the plate.
John (Taipei, Taiwan)
Soriano + a lot of cash for Dunn? Is that crazy or sensible?
Doug Padilla (2:10 PM)
Not going to happen although it's interesting to think about. Sort of like spending $1 on a lottery ticket and thinking for five minutes about what would happen if you did win when in reality you know you won't. Teams in the same market are hesitant to make deals with each other as it is and this would be a big one.
Since Dunn is a high class actor now these days, do you think he can act well enough to have a decent eye at the plate and walk a little more?
Doug Padilla (2:13 PM)
Actually, Dunn led the league in walks with 105. But also in strikeouts with 222. If Dunn sticks to his early plan, though, those number could come down. Known as a guy that gets deep into counts, Dunn wants to go on the attack earlier this year. It might cut down on the walks, but it should also cut down on the strikeouts. And when Dunn puts the ball in play, there's a good chance the ballpark won't hold it.
zak ( Chicago)
I personally would like to trade away Beckham if we could get something good in return. What do you think that would be?
Doug Padilla (2:17 PM)
Beckham's ability to improve his defense has the White Sox willing to stay patient with him at least a little while longer. Scouts have been saying for a few years now that they don't see the superstar level it looked like he might reach after his excellent rookie season. So there might not be a big trade market for him. He's now into his arbitration years so if he has any designs on a nice free-agent pay day, he's going to have to show something now.
Jeff (Champaign, IL)
Double barreled question for you here... Who will be the first prospect to get called up this season, and which prospect will have the biggest impact on the team this season?
Doug Padilla (2:19 PM)
Always tough to hit a moving target like this. A lot depends on health at the major league level. outfielder Jared Mitchell sure looks like he's ready to do some damage and pitcher Andre Rienzo, while short on AAA experience, could make an appearance at some point. Teams usually need starting help at some point and Rienzo could end up getting some chances in the second half where he could make a difference.
Deano (Round Lake Beach)
The Sox played the same core until energy ran out come September, so, do we have enough depth to rest guys in 2013? Could platooning occur or will it be the same starting 9 pretty much? Thanks again.
Doug Padilla (2:21 PM)
They certainly trying to address this area. Addison Reed's year of experience could help in this department. He admits to running out of gas. And the plan, for now, is to give Dunn more days at first base to get Konerko off his feet more than usual. Doesn't hurt that Peavy is another year away from surgery and Sale has a year of starting under his belt.
Doug Padilla (2:22 PM)
Sorry to cut this short. Robin is set to address the media. Take care and keep following at ESPNChicago.com or in Twitter @ESPNChiSox